Rescue, Rehabilitation Missions

Fear of Christian Genocide In Afghanistan.

The Taliban are celebrating their victory after the complete withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan. On the other hand, thousands of Afghans are crossing the borders of neighboring countries legally and illegally since the evacuation process ended at Kabul Airport on August 30, 2021.

Recently, Former United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he fears the ground has been laid for a “potential genocide” of Afghan Christians. The dire statement comes just days after the US withdrew from Afghanistan, and giving the control of the country to the Taliban.

He further added, “The humanitarian crisis that is erupting since the return of the Taliban to power is likely to lead to genocide against Christians if the Biden administration does not act,” Pompeo, who has himself been criticized for his role in the Taliban withdrawal agreement, expressed concern at reports that the Taliban have a list of the names of Christians and are actively hunting them down.

Many questions arise after this statement. Were Pompeo and the US administration unaware of the situation before signing an agreement with the hardline Islamic group? Or did they let it happen on purpose? The US administration was fully aware of the situation that a radical Islamic group could eliminate Afghan Christians as soon as it took control.

Even then, no concrete steps were taken to save these lives. Every year thousands of people are given asylum in the United States and Western countries, why these Afghan Christians are not considered on humanitarian grounds.

The Christian community in Afghanistan has largely converted from Islam to Christianity. Appoximaltely, there are 12,000 to 18,000 Christians in Afghanistan. These Christians are mostly hidden from society in order to avoid persecution.

As far as we know, since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, hundreds of Christians have fled the country or gone into hiding in the mountains. Even some lucky ones have reached Iran.

We are in touch with some of these Christian families, our organization are helping them in every possible way to get them to a safe places. Though it is difficult but it is possible to save these families before they were killed.

 We urge churches, international community, organizations and individuals to stand with us to save these lives.

By Farrukh Saif

Farrukh Saif is a Pakistani human rights activist based in Germany. He founded his own organization, the Farrukh Saif Foundation (FSF), in 2009 with the goal of supporting marginalized and oppressed minorities in Pakistan who are affected by religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, forced conversions, abductions, rape, and bonded slavery. The main focus of the FSF is on the liberation of bonded laborers, particularly those working in brick kilns in rural areas of Pakistan. In 2018, the FSF merged with the US-based Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved. Throughout his career, Farrukh has been a leading voice for the rights of minorities in Pakistan and has gained international attention for his campaigns against the misuse of blasphemy laws and the belief that asylum is not a crime. In 2014, he played a key role in the release of hundreds of asylum seekers from Thai jails and has worked with his legal team to save numerous victims of strict blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Farrukh has also been invited by the Hungarian government to discuss his work and the issues he addresses. In addition to his work with the FSF, Farrukh has also been involved in various other humanitarian efforts, including providing health care services to internally displaced persons in Khayber Pakhtoon Khawa in 2009 and assisting flood victims in Sindh and Punjab in 2010. He has worked to aid victimized minorities in Pakistan and has a strong track record of successfully advocating for their rights. Farrukh joined forces with Keith Davies in 2018 to co-found the Emergency Committee to Save The Persecuted and Enslaved, and since 2009, they have collectively successfully rescued more than 36000 individuals from slavery and persecution.