Written By: FA ME
Unlike U.S. government, the British government was reluctant to act quickly and help Iraqi Translators the major allies and supporters of their mission in Iraq. They are using methods which don’t meet the standards of, any how, the friendship built between the British government and their allies who once have risked their life and their families’ life to be of great assistance to the British Army in Iraq, especially in Basra.
This time Iraqi Translators have not been keeping their mouths shut, but started to act in return of the unjust treatment shown by British government, especially at the time now when Iranian funded militias are hunting down all those Iraqis who aided British Army in Basra.
About 25 Iraqis, mainly interpreters, employed by British Forces in Iraq are to take legal action against the Government for allegedly failing to protect them from militias that regarded the men as traitors.
The group members, who failed to benefit from an assistance scheme offered by Britain, said that they were owed a duty of care. Some still fear for their life despite a big drop in the influence of the Iranian-backed militants who once controlled Basra, southern Iraq. They say the tense relationship between Iran and Britain makes anyone associated with the British military more of a target.
The Government has relocated more than 200 former workers and, where appropriate, their immediate families to Britain under the assistance program, introduced two years ago after a Times campaign about the plight of Iraqi interpreters.
One former interpreter said that he was rejected from the assistance scheme because he worked six days shy of the one-year minimum. The father of two was forced to quit after receiving three death threats. Six of his friends, all interpreters, were killed by militants. One had his severed head dumped outside the British base where the man worked!!
A father of six, he was held hostage for 12 days before his family paid a $10,000 (£6,000) ransom. He received no help from the British. The man said his request for asylum as part of the assistance scheme was rejected because he was not regarded as a skilled laborer such as an interpreter!! That is something unbelievable, this message says “work with me and I will dump you as soon as I leave”!!
The law firm Leigh Day & Co is co-coordinating the legal action, which is expected to begin on Friday. “It is for financial compensation for those who have suffered the loss of the breadwinner of the family to help them to start rebuilding their lives,” said Sapna Malik, a partner at the firm.
“It is also to send a message to the Armed Forces that they must have better planning for this in the future,” she told The Times. It was important to ensure better protection of the identity of people who work for British troops in difficult places such as Afghanistan, where local residents are employed.