After building friendships with their Iraqi interpreters during years of war, U.S. soldiers like National Guardsman Sgt. Chase Crimmins find themselves unable to help those who helped them do their jobs.
Many have turned to former USAID worker Kirk Johnson's The List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies, founded in 2007. Johnson and the more than 250 attorneys who partner with the organization have found the U.S. government extremely slow to act. Meanwhile, thousands of Iraqis face injury and death from extremists as the U.S. military prepares to leave the country.
"I don't think that we ever really put a premium on the Iraqis' value to our mission there," Johnson said. "How many more Iraqis are going to have to die until [U.S. officials] respond to this? These people are running for their lives. They're going to die if we don't save them."
Beth Murphy is Director/Producer of "The List," an upcoming public television documentary on this subject that will air on PBS. This GlobalPost Special Report is a collaboration with The Woods Hole Film Festival, brought to you in part by a grant from The Cape Cod Economic Development Council.
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