Global News published this video item, entitled “Canada offers “path to protection” for Afghan interpreters, advisers amid “critical” situation |FULL” – below is their description.
Canadian Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced Friday that the government was launching a program that would offer a path to protection for Afghan interpreters and advisers who helped the military during their mission in Afghanistan.
Mendicino made the announcement alongside Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau.
He also spoke about the logistics behind the new program which the government is launching to provide a path to protection for Afghan interpreters. He said they were working to determine how they would be transporting them to Canada, though did not specify the length of time those being helped had to have been working with Canada for.
As Afghanistan sees a resurgence of the Taliban as military troops, including from the U.S. and U.K., withdraw from the region, retired generals, veterans and Afghans themselves have called for action to help the Afghan interpreters and cultural advisers who helped make Canada’s military mission there possible.
Retired Maj.-Gen. David Fraser, who was the former task force commander for the mission, said there are about 115 Afghan interpreters and advisers in danger.
The Taliban are Islamist extremists who enforce sharia law and held power in the country from roughly 1996 until 2001, when coalition forces overthrew them. But with troops withdrawing, the Taliban insurgency has been making rapid gains and now holds about half of the 421 districts.
Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.
Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.
Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. It extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area.
Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world’s longest bi-national land border. Canada’s capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.
Various Indigenous peoples inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years before European colonization. The Canada Act 1982, which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British Parliament. Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, with a monarch and a prime minister who serves as the chair of the Cabinet and head of government.
As a highly developed country, Canada has the seventeenth-highest nominal per-capita income globally as well as the thirteenth-highest ranking in the Human Development Index. Its advanced economy is the tenth-largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks.
The Taliban or Taleban, who refer to themselves as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, is a Deobandi Islamist movement and military organization in Afghanistan, currently waging war within the country. Since 2016, the Taliban’s leader has been Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada.