17 Aug 2021

Afghan interpreter who helped NZDF wants family protected

From Morning Report, 6:47 am on 17 August 2021

A former Afghan interpreter who worked for the New Zealand government says he'll never forgive himself if his family is captured by the Taliban.

The man - who RNZ has agreed to call Ali - was granted residency in New Zealand after finishing his service, but his parents and siblings have not been able to secure visas.

He told reporter Emma Hatton his work puts his family in extreme danger and wants the government to extend its rescue missions to the families of those who helped it.