Oct 22nd 2014 by FNU_Mohammad • 12 Questions • 1710 Points
My short bio: My name is Mohammad (AKA FNU Mohammad). You may know me from my appearance on Sundays John Oliver last week tonight, various press coverage e.g. NBC News, or my recently viral change.org petition I am a former Afghan interpreter who worked for U.S. and Coalition Forces from 2008-2012, spending most of my time as a “terp” for U.S. Marines. I’m also a client of Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project.
In retribution for my service, the Taliban kidnapped, tortured, and executed my father and kidnapped my then three-year-old brother, threatening the same fate.
Despite all of this, it took almost 3.5 years, 11 congressional inquiries, and multiple news stories to secure a special immigrant visa (created by Congress for interpreters in danger just like me). I arrived on MLK day of this year, and have quickly become a fully productive, tax-paying, insured, and hard working resident. In fact, I got my job on the day of the Super Bowl…go Seahawks!
Now I’m trying to save my family. As John Oliver said, they would have been eligible for visas had they been Iraqi, but there is no equivalent law for Afghans. We are thus in the middle of a “Hail Mary” humanitarian parole application, which is the only means of saving them. Now that my father is dead, I’m the eldest son. I could use your help to save my family.
My Proof: http://i.imgur.com/3AH43Nv.gif
EDIT: Thanks again everyone! It is an honor to be in this country. I can't wait to have my family here with me and safe!
So, I've signed the petition on Change and I shared it and several videos about interpreters on FaceBook, but I'm sitting here in impotent rage over my own government's incompetence. Is there anything people sitting at their laptops can do, anything, to help you, your family, and other interpreters?
You can support this Fundly campaign to help my family: https://fundly.com/help-mohammad-resettle-in-america-and-support-his-family We are trying to raise money so that we can pay for tickets and room and board.
You should also contact your local Congresspeople and tell them we need more Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) for Afghans. Write a letter to your local newspaper or reporter, because it really helps when things are talked about in the media. Don’t forget about Afghanistan (or Iraq) even if the government says the U.S.’s work there is done. There are also groups working to protect people like me. I got support from the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project - you can visit their website at www.refugeerights.org (twitter.com/Refugee_Rights) (facebook.com/IraqiRefugeeAssistanceProject)
Thank you so much for sharing my story online - it’s also helpful to keep doing that. I’ll continue to put up shareable posts on Facebook (facebook.com/LeaveNoOne) and Twitter (twitter.com/LeaveNoOne). Stay tuned for a new about-to-be-released interactive campaign. Your help pushing the conversation forward is deeply appreciated by me and my family.
Thank you for everything you have done and for your bravery and optimism. How is your little brother doing? Is there anything he wants that we might be able to get for him?
You're welcome. You guys came to help fix my country and free us from the Taliban, so I was taking care of my guests. He's doing well. He wouldn't talk for a few days and was severely dehydrated. He told us that they kept him in a shed. But now he is talking again and is a happy boy, but he misses his big brother and wants to be safe.