I Wouldn’t Have Helped U.S. if I Knew How Much It Would Endanger My Family
In part of an interview that aired Friday on “NBC Nightly News,” Andrea Mitchell, NBC News’ chief Washington correspondent and chief foreign affairs correspondent, said an Afghan man had worked for the State Department and the U.S. military as a translator for 12 years. , there are still relatives of the Afghan who say he would not have worked for the US in the first place if he knew that working for the US would put his family at risk.
Mitchell said the man was left behind during the 2021 evacuation, but did arrive in the U.S. with some of his relatives last month, and “spent ten months in hiding from the Taliban, taking his family every three days. Family moved from house to house and was one of them. Thousands of people asked for help.”
The man said: “One of the mistakes I made was[ting] my whole family [at] risk. So, if I had known, I wouldn’t have started. “
Mitchell then asked, “Aren’t you going to do it again?”
He replied: “If I had anticipated this 12 years ago, I would never have started.”
The man also said that during the evacuation, “When I got to the airport, I showed my passport. I showed my badge. They didn’t accept it. They said no.” “I almost got burned.[ing] Badge and go to the Taliban and tell them I’m doing this [saying,] If you want to kill me, kill me now. “
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