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Afghanistan

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The most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian.

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“How we survive daily only God knows. He has been kind… but we are tired of all the deaths.”

– Secret Afghan believer

Country
Profile

Region
Central Asia
Sources of persecution
Islamic Oppression
Population
38,914,000
Christian population
a small number
Religions
Islam
Leader
Hibatullah Akhundzada
Score
98
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What Does Persecution Look Like?

It is impossible to live openly as a Christian in Afghanistan. Leaving Islam is considered shameful, and believers may be disowned or killed by their family or clan. The Taliban’s takeover increased the persecution of Christians, and many were forced to flee.

To many, leaving Islam is considered a sign of insanity, and a Christian who has converted from Islam may be forcibly sectioned in a psychiatric hospital.

Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?

Christians face extreme persecution wherever they are in Afghanistan. Control and supervision are stricter in rural areas than in most cities.

Women in Afghanistan have little social or financial autonomy and are highly vulnerable to all forms of physical abuse. Since the Taliban takeover in 2021, the position of women has become even more dangerous, and any progress that had been made in women’s freedoms were swiftly undone. There is little chance of legal justice for women.

PRAY FOR AFGHANISTAN

– Pray that secret believers in Afghanistan will be protected from the violence of the Taliban.

– Pray that God will turn the hearts of Taliban leaders from hate to love.

– Pray that local partners supporting Afghan refugees will be filled with grace and love.

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