In Parliament this week I highlighted the continuing problems faced by Afghan interpreters who served with the British Armed Forces in reuniting with their families in the UK.
Speaking during a Commons statement on the security situation in Afghanistan yesterday, I said “The allies’ withdrawal from Afghanistan is causing deep concern for those who placed their lives on the line as invaluable interpreters for British forces. We know that the Taliban will exact revenge on those who supported the alliance, so what steps are Ministers taking now to fulfil our responsibility and our promises to ensure that the remaining interpreters and the families of those who are already here—I still have ongoing constituency cases where there are problems—are rescued? This is about honouring our promises.”
In response, Defence Minister James Heappey promised that the Home and Defence Secretaries would ‘come forward with an answer imminently’.
Brave Afghan interpreters put themselves in enormous danger to support our troops and were promised a scheme that would show them how much our country values them. This just hasn’t been delivered yet, and the level of risk to interpreters and their families in Afghanistan remains incredibly high. We need a solution as soon as possible.