An ex-interpreter that worked with American troops has been killed within the past few days. He leaves behind members of his birth family and a recent fiance. He was only 25 years old. This young man had fled his hometown after threats to his life but was followed or found in another town where he was killed.
This is all I know so far and I will update here with details as they come; but I didn’t want to wait in giving you this proof that interpreters lives are in great danger. The “bad guys” in Iraq have sworn to kill everyone that cooperated with Americans and they hate the interpreters more than Americans themselves……..
This interpreter was waiting for a visa that did not come soon enough. His requests for safety were not honored, and now he is gone. His is just one more case of collateral damage. But he should have been protected!
I have not heard back from the interpreter that reported the death of the murdered interpreter (his friend), but this does not necessarily alarm me. The interpreter I wait to hear from does not have regular internet connection, so perhaps I will hear from him soon.
A worry is that the killers may have now also killed the interpreter I wait to hear from. I’m trying not to think about that.