There are many stories from both Afghanistan and Iraq that the msm will never share. In Afghanistan - as elsewhere - brave locals work with our troops, often as interpreters. As elsewhere, these 'terps risk their lives daily because they are invested in their families' futures. What follows is in the Afghans' own words. It was sent to me via a US Major, who wants these voices to be heard; so do I. This IS the Afghan 'terps: VERBATIM. Read on:
US ETTs, Afghan Interpreters and Afghan Army working as one team in the reconstruction of
It has been long time that we (E.T.Ts Terps) are thinking of writing an article about the things happening in
We wanted to tell the people living out side
think is fighting, killing, suicide attacks and destruction and explosion of our educational institutions like Schools, Colleges or Universities. The fact is that there also good things happening in our country. We decided to tell the people living out side
The first thing that we want to speak is about the E.T.Ts working for the 2nd Battalion of the 2nd Brigade of 203rd Thunder Corps. This 203rd Thunder Corps is responsible for the South East part of
These people had never seen the rule of law, Police, Army or other political institutions. 61 years ago the British forces existed on the other side of Durand line but the people living on this side of the border had never seen the rule of law. Actually the government didn’t exist in here, even in 1980s the Soviet forces didn’t come here. The Soviets came to Orgun District but they stopped there and didn’t move further to this region. These people are patriots and good defenders of the country. They have always fought for freedom and independence of
These Pashtuns are famous for hospitality and they highly respect guests or foreigners. The Pashtuns people have their own rules and ways of life what they call Pashtunwala. Pashtunwala is a constitution of Pashtuns which is implemented only on Pashtuns. If the government or its laws exist or not, but these Pashtuns obey Pashtunwala and they are loyal to their rules and regulations. Pashtunwala consists of some characteristics of Pashtuns like hospitality (melmastia), zeal (nang, ghairat), revenge (badal, ghach akhestal), shelter or asylum (panah), wives (namoos) neighbor (hamsaya), forgiveness (bakhal)reconciliation (pukhalaina) and apology (nanawati). All this means that Pashtuns must be hospitable,zealous, revenge, giving shelter to victims or oppressed and fight for their defense, respecting women and wives, not fighting against weak people, when some one or enemy asks for forgiveness then he must be forgiven or if some one apologize then he must be forgiven.
Now let’s talk about the current situation of these people and this region. This is the only area where the security has improved comparing to the previous some years. We attribute the improvement of security to the ETTs. The ETTs made it happen because of their good planning, their close contact with the local people, their good training for Afghan soldiers and of course their good and kind behavior with the people and interpreters. The ETTs, their interpreters and Afghan soldiers work like one team and all of them are working like members of one family. The kind and good behavior of the ETTs impressed the people and the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). In the past the focus was on defending and fighting against the terrorists but this ETTs team decided to come close to people, helping and assisting the people, to listen to their problems and then find solutions for their problem. The ETTs together with Afghan National Army (ANA) go on missions to different villages and distribute humanitarian assistance stuffs. The ETTs usually have meetings (jurga in Pashto) with the local people and villagers, and in these meetings they discuss the security, the ways to improve security, they discuss their problems and together with the people the ETTs are trying to bring an atmosphere where the people have and easy life and daily facilities of their life and to provide educational environment to their kids. For the first time these were the ETTs who decided to open schools here. Like mentioned early that there were no schools here in the past, but now in less than a year there are more than 30 boys and girls schools and colleges only in Bermel Districts. Now the kids are going to schools and another good thing is that the employment is provided to these people. These people were unemployed and used to go to far areas and some times even to Gulf, but the projects are given to local people and it is also compulsory that the workers must be local people, thus all the people are employed and they make good money. The people are living a happy life and they
are optimist for the future of their kids. More than 13 millions US dollar projects have been completed in this Districts and now more 13 millions US dollar are in hand to spend.
These people were thinking of fighting and crimes some years ago, but now it has become an example for the rest of
After nearly three decades of war, it is impossible for us to maintain security and achieve every good thing in our country by our selves. We need the Coalition force and especially ETTs who are training and mentoring our Army. In order to stand on our own feet, we need a strong and highly trained army, and it is impossible for us without ETTs. Now we see that our army is getting better every single day. They are receiving good weapons and good armored vehicles. We are watching the changes every day. This year with the help of
Some years ago we didn’t know any thing about the people living out side
At last once again I want to highly appreciate the hard work of the American soldiers in
“Thank you very much for your hard work and your efforts to provide security and bright future to the Afghan People”.
The last sentence of us is “Salute for all the American soldiers who gave their lives for our people, for our country and for our future. They gave their lives not only for Afghans but for the betterment of all humans of the world. We all Afghans pray for their souls. May they rest in peace”.