Numbers from Iraq: 310 and $5,000

A report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) by way of ReliefWeb:

The Iraq Translators’ Association (ITA) was formed recently as the number of translators increased and translators were targeted by militants accusing them of espionage. A spokesman says that at least 310 translators have been killed in Iraq since 2003 and hundreds of others injured in attacks on convoys or on their homes. Some have been promised help in leaving the country, but the help has not come.


IRIN reports that in some parts of Baghdad, leaflets have appeared with offers of US$5,000 to anyone with information on translators working for foreign journalists or military forces.

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