06/07/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Afghan Translators Risk Lives To Deliver Voice Of America

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WILSON, Afghanistan -- Hamayon, a 24-year-old Afghan interpreter for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan's dangerous south, worries less about his own life than his 15-month-old daughter and wife in Kabul. One of his fellow interpreters was about his age, with a young daughter, when he was killed last year by a suicide bomber. Hamayon says the interpreter's family only received $8,000 in compensation from the U.S. military contractor who employed him -- not much for a family to live on.

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