An Afghan serving in the British Army, now based in the UK, has called on Home Secretary Priti Patel to evacuate her extended family.
Nazir, a former translator and Shams, who worked as a communications officer at the British embassy in Kabul for 10 years, said his service with Western forces had endangered the lives of his relatives from the Taliban.
The two have been staying with their wives, children and hundreds of other families at a hotel in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, for more than a month after being safely evacuated from Kabul in early August.
The small town’s Baptist church and council are leading resettlement efforts and held a cricket match to welcome families on Sunday.
Shams and Nazir were among the refugees who were playing a friendly but fiercely competitive game with the locals, and, when they expressed their deep gratitude for the town’s support, expressed grave concern for those who remained in their homeland. Could not reduce
Shams said: “We feel safe, and we appreciate the opportunity to be here.
But some of my colleagues and relatives are hiding from the Taliban.
“They are relocating, but this is a very temporary measure … they are living in a life-threatening situation.”
Asked if he felt the UK was indebted to expel the rest of his embassy colleagues and relatives, he said: “Yes.
“I just remind Preity Patel of her words, when she says she thanks the Afghan people, I think that’s the best way to put it, and we really hope that the UK will withdraw. It will continue to do its best. Those who deserve it. “
He added that his six children, aged between three and 14, were “very happy” in their temporary “second home” and were “eagerly awaiting their chance” to start school. ۔
Nazir, 43, who worked in Helmand between 2009 and 2012, said his family of nine had to move to Afghanistan 12 times “because of threats from the Taliban” and that he had lost his brother and sister-in-law. Afraid of those who did not manage. To escape.
He said: “I have spent 43 years in my homeland with my relatives and countrymen so it was very difficult for me to get out of there, but I was forced to go with my family because we have to live. “
He added: “One thing is very clear, the Taliban cannot be trusted.
“(My relatives) are being harassed, mentally abused, threatened and intimidated, they are being asked where we are, because they have information on social media. According to our list, the Taliban have access to some data from the translator’s list.
We will continue to try to get them out of Afghanistan, but it is still the government’s job.
Shams added that his own life is hanging in the balance as he soon relocates from Newport Pagnell, while there are “no fun questions” about the home office when he can expect a permanent home.
Talking about life in the hotel, he said: “Noise levels are not manageable, and we have a hard time when it comes to creating a bank account.
“We really ask them (the home office) to speed up the process so that we can find suitable housing and start our lives in the right way.”
“The hard part is you can’t do anything,” he added.
“I can’t apply for a job because you don’t have a permanent address. You don’t have a status or residency card so we really need to move.
Nazir said that although his stay was temporary, the reception he received from his family in Newport Pagnell was “wonderful”, calling people “wonderful” and adding: “Now it is my family’s job that we Integrate yourself into society. “
Steve Wood, a minister at Newport Pagnell Baptist Church, was among the locals playing cricket on Sunday and has been the main coordinator of the Afghan settlement in his town.
Mr Wood, 49, said: “It’s an honor to know these families.
“We label people like Afghans, we label people who come to our countries – refugee is what is often used.
“These families who have come from Afghanistan are just people like you and me to get to know them and thus help them and help the community which is one of the biggest privileges I have ever had.”