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I wouldn’t have helped us if I had known how much it would put my family in danger.

During parts of an interview that aired Friday on “NBC Nightly News,” an Afghan who, according to NBC News’ Washington chief correspondent and chief foreign affairs correspondent, Andrea Mitchell, worked as a translator for the Department of ‘state and US military for 12 years and still has relatives in Afghanistan said if he had known he would put his family at risk working for the US, he would not have worked for the states United to start.

Mitchell said the man was left behind during the evacuation in 2021, but reached the United States with some of his relatives last month and “spent ten months hiding from the Taliban, moving his family from house to house every three days, and was one of thousands pleading for help.

The man said: “One of the mistakes I made was putting[ting] all my family [at] risk. So if I knew that, I wouldn’t start.

Mitchell then asked, “Wouldn’t you have done that again?”

He replied, “If I had anticipated this 12 years ago, I would never have started.”

The man also said that during the evacuation: “When I arrived at the airport, I showed my passport. I showed my badge. They didn’t accept it. They said no. And “I was so close to burning[ing] badge and go to the Taliban and tell them I was doing this and [saying,] if you want to kill me, kill me now.

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