'Afghan angels' who risked their lives for Australian soldiers denied access to ...

'Afghan angels' who risked their lives for Australian soldiers denied access to ...
'Afghan angels' who risked their lives for Australian soldiers denied access to ...

Hundreds of Afghani aid workers who risked their lives to help Australian soldiers for two decades will be left to face the Taliban alone.

Local workers and their family members have been rejected from a special visa program, despite their efforts in Australian-funded 'hearts and minds' projects. 

One aid worker was sent a letter on behalf of Foreign Minister Marise Payne that made clear he would not be receiving the Locally Engaged Employee Visa.  

Hundreds of Afghani aid workers who risked their lives to help Australian soldiers for two decades will be left to face the Taliban alone

Hundreds of Afghani aid workers who risked their lives to help Australian soldiers for two decades will be left to face the Taliban alone 

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One aid worker received a letter on June 21 on behalf of Foreign Minister Marise Payne (pictured) that made clear he would not be receiving the Locally Engaged Employee Visa

One aid worker received a letter on June 21 on behalf of Foreign Minister Marise Payne (pictured) that made clear he would not be receiving the Locally Engaged Employee Visa

The letter obtained by The Australian made it clear the man - who is in hiding with his wife and five children - would not be considered because he was employed by a subcontractor. 

'The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade has considered your application,' the letter reads.

'Unfortunately, you are not eligible for certification under this visa policy as you were not considered an employee of one of the Australian Government agencies identified in the legislative instrument.'

The aid worker, who helped deliver a $6.7 million AusAID infrastructure project in Afghanistan, will now be forced to join the off-shore asylum seeker queue.

The former Central Asia Development Group employee is among 50 Afghan aid workers who collaborated on the Children of Uruzgan flagship program ­delivered by Save the Children, who now face the same fate. 

They and their family members, plus 100 contracted security guards, will join the millions of Afghans desperately seeking safety on Australian shores. 

About 50 Afghan aid workers who collaborated on the Children of Uruzgan flagship program delivered by Save the Children, will be forced to join the millions of Afghans desperately seeking safety on Australian shores

About 50 Afghan aid workers who collaborated on the Children of Uruzgan flagship program delivered by Save the Children, will be forced to join the millions of Afghans desperately seeking safety on Australian shores

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A letter (written in Pashto) was handed out to some interpreters making direct threats on their lives, including a father who worked with Australian troops in 2010 reading: 'Await your death very soon'

A letter (written in Pashto) was handed out to some interpreters making direct threats on their lives, including a father who worked with Australian troops in 2010 reading: 'Await your death very soon'

About 200 Afghan interpreters who worked with Australian troops also await life-changing immigration rulings.

Murderous Taliban operatives placed many of the interpreters on 'kill lists' for working with 'enemy infidel' over the past 20 years of war.

A letter, obtained by the ABC, was handed out to some interpreters making direct threats on their lives, including a father who worked with Australian troops in 2010.

'We are honest in our words and we will get you, be it day or night, and you will be punished, and we will reach our goal,' the letter read. 'Await your death

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