Iraqi Interpreter Working for US Troops Says Collaborators 'Abandoned Like Toys'
"Nobody asked me, why are you staying in Iraq and not going to America when you deserve it more than anyone? The majority of those who did end up moving to the US were contractors, blacksmiths, those who cleaned up garbage... 70-80% of those who were taken by the Americans left by mistake, they [the US] chose contractors over people like me who endangered their lives", the interpreter, who wished to remain anonymous for safety reasons, said.
"I ended my contract myself after receiving a transfer order to move from the base where I had worked for seven years to another base, the Balad base. I didn't know that region, the base was surrounded by militias and the area was unstable, you wouldn't know which side a person you met belonged to", the interpreter explained.
"We were left behind here, they do not care about us or our families. I am in contact with the International Organisation for Migration, but at the moment there is nothing new, they have forgotten about us, neither the embassy nor the consulate asks about us, they do not contact us. We were abandoned like toys in the corner of the house, covered with dust," the interpreter said.
"Now it is dangerous for me to mention in Baghdad that I worked as an interpreter for the Americans, I swear I will be killed on the spot for this. I think I am considered a spy and an agent working for the Americans," the interpreter said.