BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Three Afghan soldiers who went missing from a military base in Cape Cord and turned up in Niagara Falls say returning to their own country would be a death sentence.
Heavy metal doors locked behind Captain Naroolah Aminyar after he walked into a small interview room to speak with News 4’s Ed Drantch. We were only allowed to record his voice Friday, inside the Federal Detention Center in Batavia, where Aminyar is pleading for asylum.
“Our life is dangerous in Afghanistan, we can’t go back to Afghanistan. They have to give us asylum,” he said.
Aminyar and two other Afghan officers have been in Batavia since being caught on the Rainbow Bridge two weeks ago while trying to find a new life in Canada.
Though there are thousands of people who want to come to the United States, Aminyar says the government should let him and his comrades stay.
“I participate in the misisons with the U.S. Special Forces. I fight for United States in Afghanistan. We fight shoulder-to-shoulder. We killed the Taliban, Alqueda, terrorist groups and now my life is in danger.”
Aminyar says the Taliban is now looking for him. He says they’ve come to his house, with plans to kill him, but that’s not the only problem.
“Our government, also, they’re really angry at us. Our defense ministry, they’re really angry at us. They’ll put us forever in the jail.”
Though Aminyar left his own country, he says he doesn’t deserve to be in jail. “My life was in jeopardy. From everything that’s important… my life… my life is important,” he said.
The three Afghan soldiers are facing immigration violations. They are due back in court on Wednesday.
Aminyar says they are hoping to be released on bond so they can start working and send money back home. Their salaries have been cut and their families are struggling to survive. They are also seeking asylum for their families.