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Iraqi Interpreters

News – Iraqi Interpreters
2007.12.27

The BBC Radio 4 programme, Face the Facts, has updated its story on Iraqi interpreters working for British forces in Iraq. Interpreters had death threats directed at them and their families, forcing many to leave Iraq. However, once in exile their former British employers did not offer them better protection in their own country or safe asylum outside it. In contrast, Denmark had airlifted 200 of its Iraqi interpreters out of the country. Gordon Brown did offer a package of financial payments to aid resettlement in Iraq or elsewhere in the region or in agreed circumstances for admission to the UK, for which those who had been employed for more than 12 months and had completed their work could apply. The update reported on the difficulties still encountered by interpreters despite these promises. In November 2007, the programme won the Foreign Press Association award for Best Radio Story.

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