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Aug 26, 2016

He saved my life in Afghanistan. So why did Australia want to send him to Nauru?

Many people in Afghanistan risked their lives and their families to help foreign journalists. But foreign correspondent John Martinkus says after the West has no need for such people anymore, we often leave them to be killed.

The phone rang the other week, a number I didn’t know. The voice was unmistakable. “John it is ——–. I am in Australia.” The voice was the Afghan-accented English of the translator (and journalist in his own right) I had worked with on my many trips to Afghanistan as a reporter in the mid to late 2000s.

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