The German military plans to withdraw from Afghanistan completely by the end of next year. As it pulls out, it leaves behind Afghan employees -- some 1,700 of them -- including interpreters, drivers and kitchen staff. The Taliban has threatened to kill the collaborators.
The Afghanistan of Abdul's dreams was a peaceful and stable country. It was a country whose citizens would not have to live in fear, and where parents could send their daughters to school. And it was a country with decent roads and hospitals. When Abdul* signed his employment contract with Germany, he believed that he would be helping to make this vision of Afghanistan a reality.