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Interpreter Killed in Iraq
Thread poster: Richard Creech

Richard Creech  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 16:20
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May 18, 2006

Within the past week or so an interpreter was killed in Darfur. Now another one has been killed in an attack in Iraq:

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John Colangelo  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:20
Member (2006)
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The risks of the profession. May 18, 2006

The risks are too much for interpreters as they are embedded with soldiers. They have to be present for interrogations and the like.

Unfortunately it is a difficult position for a linguist. I would imagine but I cannot say I am absolutely sure that translating in person as compared to translating over the phone are different. Obviously, being present makes it easier for the translator in his/her work but in hot spots like the countries mentioned, a linguist is at risk.

Let´s hope all of our colleagues can practice their profession without any danger to their well being.

John Colangelo

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Ritu Bhanot  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:20
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Reminds me of the story May 18, 2006

It reminds me the story of that Japanese Interpreter... in Second World War... I read about it in my translation class...

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Lucinda  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:20
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Dear Richard, May 18, 2006

Thanks for sharing this very moving story. Perhaps we can each in our own way say a prayer and observe a moment of silence for them.

These are indeed trying times.


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