(Washington) A former US Army Afghan interpreter stranded in Kabul after the US withdrew, seeks help for Joe Biden, whom he rescued from a 2008 blizzard in Afghanistan, in a message published Wednesday by the Wall Street Journal .
Posted on Sep 1, 2021 at 11:09 am
“Hello Mr. President, save me and my family. Don’t forget me here, ”asks Mohammed, who does not give his surname because he has feared for his life since the Taliban came to power in mid-August.
Statements by Afghan civilians who worked for the American armed forces, who were not evacuated by plane before the United States withdrew from Afghanistan and ended 20 years of war on Monday, are mounting in the American press.
He has since gone into hiding with his wife and four children. “I can’t get out, I’m very scared,” he said.
Joe Biden was a senator at the time
The ex-interpreter, stationed at Bagram Air Force Base, was part of a unit that came to the aid of three senators, including Joe Biden, on a visit to Aghanistan in February 2008.
When caught in a snowstorm, according to a former soldier interviewed by the daily newspaper, her helicopter urgently had to land in a valley about thirty kilometers from the base.
With the three elected officers safe, Mohammed had stood guard around the plane for thirty hours while he waited for a favorable weather window to take off again.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Joe Biden mentioned this trip to share his experience in foreign policy during the 2008 presidential campaign when he was Barack Obama’s runner-up.
Mohammed applied for a special immigrant visa that was issued to those who worked in the U.S. military. But the company that employed him lost the necessary documents, according to Brian Genthe, an Arizona National Guard sergeant who was part of the rescue mission.
After the Taliban’s victory, Mohammed tried his luck at Kabul airport, where a massive evacuation was underway. But American soldiers refused to let his family in.
When asked by the daily, House Banche spokeswoman Jen Psaki assured Tuesday that the United States would continue to attempt to evacuate its Afghan allies.
“Our message (to Mohammed) is: Thank you for standing by our side for the past 20 years,” she said. “We’ll send you away.”
The Washington Post also reports on the situation of “Mike,” another former green card Afghan interpreter who now lives in the United States. When he returns to Afghanistan to evacuate his family, he goes into hiding with his wife, three children, his parents, two brothers and a sister near Kabul.
He waited 36 hours outside the airport gates but couldn’t pass the gates, according to Zach Disbrow, his former commander in 2012, but who had found him a seat on a military aircraft.