Monday, September 12, 2011

Should Afghan translators who worked with Canadian forces be granted refuge?

he majority of Afghan translators who have worked with the Canadian military in Kandahar have been denied refugee status in Canada.

Despite a special-measures program introduced in 2009, two out of every three interpreters who faced extraordinary risk working with NATO forces have been turned away.

Translators have been in high demand since Canadian troops began their work in Afghanistan in 2006. But Afghans who offered their services became instant targets for the Taliban.

Muhibollah Karegar worked as a translator and describes that time as unnerving.

"I have seen the most dangerous days in my life with Canadian Forces," he said in an interview with the CBC. source