An Afghan man who provided translation services for since-retired Marine Maj. Terry Slatic during his tours in Afghanistan, as well as other U.S. troops, told Slatic and PowerTalk 96.7 radio host Trevor Carey on Tuesday that he fears for his life if he has to remain there now that the Taliban have taken over the country.
“You guys are my last hope,” sobbed the man known as “John” by the Americans who teamed with him in the Helmand Province, Bagram Air Base, and other locations. “We just want to leave.”
Afghan nationals who assisted American troops and contractors during the 20-year conflict are now fearful that they may be targeted for reprisal by the Taliban and are desperate to leave.
Slatic, a Fresno Unified School Board member, told John that he has been in contact with U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark, and other officials, seeking their assistance in obtaining an exit visa and plane ticket for John. He urged the PowerTalk audience to reach out to their congressional representatives, senators, and President Joe Biden with a single message: “Save John.”
Slatic hopes the podcast will be shared to spread the word of John’s plight.