Afghan interpreters have reunited with soldiers they served with at a special event in Scotland July 2022
Afghan interpreters were reunited with soldiers they served with at a special event in Scotland.
Afghanistan

Charities bring Afghan interpreters and UK soldiers together for reunion

The Sulha Alliance and Help For Heroes brought them together for a special lunch at the Namak Mandi Restaurant in Glasgow.

Afghan interpreters have reunited with soldiers they served with at a special event in Scotland July 2022
Afghan interpreters were reunited with soldiers they served with at a special event in Scotland.

Afghan interpreters have been reunited with soldiers they served with at a special event in Scotland.

Charities the Sulha Alliance and Help For Heroes brought them together for a special lunch at the Namak Mandi Restaurant in Glasgow.

The first event of this kind – it aims to re-kindle old relationships and forge new ones within the Afghan community throughout the country.

It is hoped this will help those settling in Scotland to gain access to support and advice as they make a new life in the UK.

Co-founder of the Sulha Alliance Ed Aitken said: "The intention is really to build a community.

"The military community is the one that cares most about the Afghan interpreters.

"It's the military personnel who worked alongside these guys who know how much we owe them and therefore how important it is to welcome whilst they’re rebuilding their lives here in Glasgow."

Afghan interpreters who played a vital role during the military involvement in Afghanistan and many of those who served were reacquainted with the translators who helped support their mission.

One of them, Abdul Walid Kohistani, said: "It's a different lifestyle over here in the UK and the life is totally different than in Afghanistan and the interpreters are struggling to settle.

"It took me six to seven years to settle here and a new life and there are people still struggling."

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About 15,000 Afghans were evacuated from Afghanistan when the Taliban returned to power last year – forcing many of those who worked with UK forces to flee in fear of their safety.

But some of those who worked with the military during Operation Herrick are still trying to get re-settled.

Mr Kohistani added: "Some military interpreters are still stuck in Afghanistan and I really would like the charities, the Army, the UK Government to help them get out of the situation.

"Things are getting worse than worse back in Afghanistan and for the families as well and that would be great help for them.

"It's not safe for them."