27 Feb '17, 8pm

Interpreter escapes fighting in Afghanistan, only to face violence in America

After serving alongside American soldiers for five years as an Afghan interpreter, Faisal Razmal resettled in the United States to begin a new life. Razmal, 28, worked with the U.S. Army from 2009 to 2014 and survived roadside bombings, firefights and sniper attacks. Less than a year after arriving here, Razmal was shot in the face at close range with a flare gun during an attempted robbery in Sacremento, according to the Sacramento Bee . Razmal was gathered with other Afghan refugees outside his apartment complex in August 2015, when several teenagers approached them. The teens demanded cash and cell phones, threatening Razmal and his friends with violence. “I said, ‘Why do you do this? Put down your pistol, we’ll talk,’” Razmal said. The group of teens briefly left, only to return a few minutes later. Police said 16-year-old Renardo Dejour Williams shot Razmal with a fla...

Full article: https://www.armytimes.com/articles/interpreter-escapes-fi...

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