Bundeswehr translator Abdul Wahed Sharif with his family: "Everything the Germans wanted to know from the Afghans and vice versa went through my number."

Bundeswehr translator Abdul Wahed Sharif with his family: "Everything the Germans wanted to know from the Afghans and vice versa went through my number."

Foto: Christian Werner / DER SPIEGEL

Left Behind by Germany "If the Taliban Get Me, They'll Kill Me"

Germany's armed forces officially pulled out of Afghanistan this week. They left behind many Afghan workers who could face persecution or even death at the hands of the Taliban for the help they provided the Germans, despite political pledges to provide protection.
DER SPIEGEL 26/2021
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Protesting Bundeswehr helpers in Mazar-i-Sharif: arbitrary selection criteria

Protesting Bundeswehr helpers in Mazar-i-Sharif: arbitrary selection criteria

Foto: Christian Werner / DER SPIEGEL
Local hire Abdul Rauf Nazari: "Anyone who didn’t sign the contract was fired."

Local hire Abdul Rauf Nazari: "Anyone who didn’t sign the contract was fired."

Foto: Christian Werner / DER SPIEGEL
Foto: Christian Werner / DER SPIEGEL
Foto: Christian Werner / DER SPIEGEL
A military badge: People who worked for the Germans are worried that the window of opportunity is closing for them to get out of Afghanistan safely.

A military badge: People who worked for the Germans are worried that the window of opportunity is closing for them to get out of Afghanistan safely.

Foto: Christian Werner / DER SPIEGEL
A street scene in Mazar-i-Sharif

A street scene in Mazar-i-Sharif

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"You Germans are flying out a 27-ton memorial stone and 22,000 liters of beer, but you’re leaving the people who stood in the field with you behind?"
"I have repeatedly insulted the Taliban in the worst possible terms. If they get me, they will immediately kill me."
Journalist Suhraby: "As female journalists who have worked for foreigners, we will be doomed if the Taliban come to power."

Journalist Suhraby: "As female journalists who have worked for foreigners, we will be doomed if the Taliban come to power."

Foto: Christian Werner / DER SPIEGEL