From Dan Hardie:
Iâ€™ve had emails from three people who claim to be – and who almost certainly are- Iraqi former employees of the British Government. All three say that they and their former colleagues are still at risk of death for their â€˜collaborationâ€™.
I can email and telephone this man: so can any Foreign Office official. It should not be impossible to verify his story and then send him the funds he needs to get to a less unsafe Arab country. But that is not happening.
Hereâ€™s an email exchange we had the other day. My questions are in italics.
1) Are you still in Iraq? â€˜Yes, Iâ€™m still hidden in somewhere in the hell of Basra.â€™
2) Is there any reason you cannot travel to the British Army base at Basra Airbase to ask for asylum? â€˜Of course, we cannot travel to BIA (Basra International Airbase) due to the militia keep watched all the ways to BIA and they got their own fake check points there although, we claimed for asylum through the internet (we sent our application to the claim office at BIA) . But we afraid that the British are going to take a long time to process our claims also we are very worried if they will offer just some money instead of asylum, please sir inform all the British people that we looking for asylum and just the asylum will save our lives, also we canâ€™t travel to Syria anymore to claim for asylum there as the Syrian government issued new conditions for Iraqis who want to travel to their country.â€™
3) Can you tell me how and when the militias threatened you?â€˜In 2006 I have threatened by militia that hated me because I work and help coalition forces in Iraq, I told my bosses about that but they said we canâ€™t do anything for you because we have nothing to do with civilian and we donâ€™t have any army rules or orders to help you, then I continued my daily work with British army, few days later the militia attacked my house trying to catch me but I was at the work at that time, they beaten my family and told them: we want your son or we will kill all of you!!!! â€˜Since that day I decided to leave my job and change my home place but until this moment the militia trying to find and kill me, Iâ€™m always changing my place trying to hidden from them, they know that I left my job but they donâ€™t care, they just want to kill me they called me collaborator and traitor and they asked everybody know me about my place, they told them: anyone know anything about (name) he should tell us immediately and also they said: we will never give up until we catch (name). They work for ministry of interior so they controlled most of government departments and they work under that cover.â€™
4) Do you have any family members who are also threatened by militias or who depend on you? If so, how many of them are there and how old are they? â€™Of course, my family depends on me especially in the finance side as Iâ€™m the older son between seven sons and daughters they got, on other hand my parents cannot working as they are very old.â€™
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