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The Persecution of Christians in Afghanistan, what will happen to Christians who are under the control of the Taliban.

You cannot claim to be a Christian in Afghanistan because leaving Islam is a crime punishable by death. If the family of a converted Christian finds out that they have converted to Christianity and left Islam, the family usually expel them or in the worst case scenario they will be killed.

Afghan citizens are not legally allowed to convert to Christianity. Although there are no clear laws prohibiting the evangelizing by non-Muslims, but according to Islamic traditions its forbidden.

Despite all the restrictions and terror, there are still a number of converted Christians in Afghanistan. According to reliable sources, there are approximately 15,000 to 18,000 Christians in Afghanistan. But it is difficult to get verified figures, as most Christians in Afghanistan are underground, making it impossible to estimate their numbers.

The Catholic Church said that in 2018, there were 200 Catholics in Afghanistan, working through their philanthropic work. However, there are different evangelical moments that have been involved in evangelizing to the Afghan people. Our affiliated group also has 74 converted families, in and around Kabul.

Christians have been severely treated in Taliban-controlled parts of the country. In 2010, this hardliner group killed ten humanitarian workers during a medical mission in Badakhshan. they accused them of being foreign spies and spreading Christianity.

And once again, we can imagine the Taliban’s brutal persecution of these Christians and other minorities, Although they are assuring former Afghan officials and workers that they will not take revenge, but we have seen them killing ex-military figures. We see no future for Christians and other innocent Afghans under Taliban control.

As our organization launches a rescue project for Afghan Christians and other persecuted people, we urge churches, international community, organizations and individuals to stand with us to save these lives.

This is a difficult time for Afghan Christians and other religious minorities. The international community and world leaders must put pressure on Taliban leaders to be tolerant of their minorities.

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.