Part Two of The Current
The Interpreter: Documentary Repeat
They endured ambushes, improvised explosive devices, and death threats from the Taliban.... Those were just a few of the occupational hazards confronted by interpreters working with Canada's military in Afghanistan. But with the end of Canada's combat mission in the country and its continued withdrawal, the interpreters left behind, and their families, are in a very vulnerable position ... even facing threats of murder.
Many of their supporters have long argued these interpreters deserve the chance to move to Canada. A three-year-old federal program has made it possible for people who worked with the Canadian military or civilian operations in Afghanistan to emigrate here... if they can show they faced risks as a result of their work with the Canadian military or suffered injury.
By this spring, 400 people had been accepted...172 contractors and their dependents. But two out of three who applied were rejected at first. In May, the government announced it would review some applications.
Afghan interpreter Mohamed Rahman is one of the interpreters who's made it to Canada. He moved here with his wife and seven children. The CBC's Julie Ireton follows his remarkable story in her documentary, The Interpreter. It first aired on The Current in June.
After the documentary first aired, Mohammad Rahman received several notes of support via the CBC. Some people were offering up donations of clothing and furniture for his family. Someone from inside the federal government offered tips on finding interpreter work with the federal government in Ottawa. And Mohammad's English as a Second Language teacher heard the documentary that morning ... and "Froggy" became a star in class that day. He said the broadcast made him feel Canadian.
Last Word - The Newsroom
We started the program today with a discussion about the concerns of some moderate Republicans that their party has been seized by right-wing zealots. A fictional version of that political dynamic has been playing out on television screens this summer on The Newsroom, the new series on HBO created by Aaron Sorkin ... the man who also created The West Wing ... another popular political series in the 1990s. The Newsroom revolves around Will McAvoy, a long-time moderate Republican who despairs over the fate of his party. Today's Last Word goes to The Newsroom ... it might resonate with a lot of Republicans this week.
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