What’s Life Like For Christians?
The Taliban’s takeover of power has forced most Christians either further underground or away from the country entirely. Many (if not all) house groups closed, with believers forced to leave behind everything they own. Following Jesus remains a death sentence, if discovered.
The rigid form of society imposed leaves no room for deviation, meaning Christians – almost all of whom are converts from Islam – must keep their faith secret. Leaving Islam is considered shameful and punishable by death under the prevailing Islamic law.
Consequently, Christian converts face dire and violent consequences if their new faith is discovered, even from family members who must save their so-called ‘honour’ by getting rid of them.
Thousands of Afghan refugees, including many Christians, are now living in countries bordering Afghanistan, often in poor conditions in camps for displaced people.