Bundeswehr soldier collects donations for local Afghan workers after troop withdrawal

Landed in late June the last Bundeswehr machine with German soldiers from Afghanistan. Many local staff remain who helped the troops during the almost 20 years of deployment. Some of you are now in great danger. Many of them fear attacks from the radical Islamic Taliban.

It's the beginning of July Protection program for local workers started and the first Afghans left for Germany with their families. But critics consider the conditions for inclusion in the protection program to be too strict, and the organization of departure could also be improved. The Bundeswehr soldier and chairman of the “sponsorship network Afghan local forces” Marcus Grotian therefore wants to collect donations to pay for the flight tickets. This is what Grotian, who himself was in Afghanistan, told the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

First of all, all remaining former employees of the Bundeswehr who so wished were to be brought to Kabul in order to take them out of the country from there on scheduled flights. If this is not enough, a plane should be chartered from private funds, said Grotian. Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, member of the FDP Bundestag, announced on Twitter that she had already donated.

"I cannot put into words the moral failure that I perceive here," Grotian had already told the editorial network in Germany. “A lot of cogs turn. But they don't interlock. "

One of the criticisms of the current protection program is the handling of helpers from the Bundeswehr who were under contract with service providers and not directly with the troops. The Afghans often worked in the German camp on a daily basis, but they cannot stand for the protection program apply. According to the Ministry of the Interior, "the employer is primarily responsible for them" - and not the federal government.

In addition, it is unclear for many helpers how they can even apply for the program. Grotian also criticized the fact that the local staff had to bear the travel costs for their families themselves.

The Bundeswehr issued visas in a hurry

Shortly before their departure, the Bundeswehr had quickly organized exit papers for a total of 471 Afghan aid workers. As so-called local staff, you had worked as an interpreter for the troops for the past two years, for example.

For the most part, those affected have been affected by the Taliban threatened. Afghans are also allowed to take their wives and minor children with them to Germany. According to the troops, an additional 2380 visas were issued for these relatives.

Because of the protection program, there was anger within the federal government. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) campaigned for a generous acceptance of former Bundeswehr helpers, but resistance came from the interior and development departments.