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Translator Who Told Fresno ‘You Guys Are My Last Hope’ Exits Afghanistan, Reaches U.S.

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Terry Slatic accompanies villagers in Afghanistan. (Photo provided by Terry Slatic.)
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An Afghan man who provided translation services for since-retired Marine Maj. Terry Slatic during his tours in Afghanistan, as well as other U.S. troops, told Slatic and PowerTalk 96.7 radio host Trevor Carey on Tuesday that he feared for his life if he had to remain there now that the Taliban have taken over the country.

“You guys are my last hope,” sobbed the man known as “John” by the Americans who teamed with him in the Helmand Province, Bagram Air Base, and other locations. “We just want to leave.”

On Friday, Slatic told GV Wire that the translator has exited Afghanistan and is in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Slatic said that the translator told him he expects to fly to the United States “in three to five days.” Later Friday, Slatic told GV Wire that the translator had landed on the East Coast at 1 a.m. Saturday.

John was among many Afghan nationals who assisted American troops and contractors during the 20-year conflict. Those remaining in country are fearful of being targeted for reprisal by the Taliban.

Slatic, a Fresno Unified School Board member, made contact with U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark, and other officials such as Reps. David Valadao (R-Hanford) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) to help get John out of Afghanistan. He urged the PowerTalk audience to reach out to their congressional representatives, senators, and President Joe Biden with a single message: “Save John.”

Now Slatic is focused on helping bring the translator’s 21-year-old sister out of Kabul to the United States.

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email