On a Friday morning in northern Kabul, Nick, an Afghan interpreter for US forces, was enjoying a day off and driving his wife and children to their relatives’ home when he looked in his rearview mirror and noticed two sinister-looking men with weapons in a dark blue sedan matching his speed. His heart rate spiked. Unaware of the threat, his family continued to joke and laugh as Nick tried to calm his breathing.
He knew this was the end for him and his family if he couldn’t escape. He was being targeted for working with the US and other Western nations. Nick sped as fast as he could, barely making it to an Afghan National Police checkpoint. He and his family would live another day.