In Iraq, interpreters fear for their lives, but are indispensable to troops
By Adam Allington, KWMU
Ramadi, Iraq – In Iraq, qualified interpreters fill a vital support role for the U.S. military. In many ways, they do much more than translate.
Interpreters act as cultural bridges and advisers between two vastly different societies.
The work is extremely dangerous; interpreters and their families are often targets of insurgents.
KWMU's Adam Allington traveled to Iraq recently and spoke with an interpreter who goes simply by the name Peter .
Peter says when he first started working for the U.S. military in 2005, interpreters were in such short supply he would often work 24 hours at a stretch.