Anniversary of Taliban takeover approaches; believers remain in danger

Afghanistan (MNN) — Currently Last year, Taliban forces were steadily advancing on Kabul, Afghanistan, having gained territory all summer. Thousands of people were on the move, including Afghan Christians.

“Hundreds of Afghan Christians have fled Afghanistan to Pakistan, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. They don’t have much freedom in these countries, and the future is also unknown,” Voice of the Martyrs Canada said his partner Shoaib Ebadi.

Today, the believers who remained face constant turmoil. “They are threatened daily; they live in danger,” says Ebadi.

“The fighting continues, and we hear every day: ‘They (the Taliban) are attacking, they are killing civilians.'”

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The chaotic US withdrawal ended a 20-year war last august and left Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Last weekthe United Nations released a report outlining human rights abuses since the Taliban took power.

In addition, nearly two-thirds of the population needs humanitarian aid to survive. This total does not include survivors of the June 22 earthquake in eastern Afghanistan.

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“In the midst of darkness, they try to help others; they try to help the poor,” says Ebadi.

“[From] the most conservative part of northern Afghanistan, believers call us and say, “Hey, we’re here; we worship together, we meet other families.’”

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“The priority now is to find a safe place, food and water. [Those are] the basic needs of all Afghans, including thousands of Afghan Christians,” Ebadi said.

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Barry F. Howard