Afghanistan: Christian Persecution On The Rise, USCIRF raises concerns

Farrukh Saif

May 10, 2022

A recent report released by the US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), has detailed that the Christians in Afghanistan are at a great risk. In the face of religion-based persecution that comes at the Afghani Christians in various forms, the USCIRF has recommended that the US Government designate Afghanistan a “Country of Particular Concern”.

In this report that was released on April 25, 2022, it was stated, that  the “Christian converts, practice their faith in hiding due to fear of reprisal and threats from the Taliban and separately from the Islamic State-Khorasan Province (ISIS-K).” Since the takeover of the country by Taliban, the threat to the Christians has escalated who are considered the apostates.

It was reported that the Taliban militants are desperately hunting down the Christians as they went from door-to-door searching for Christians. “Christians have received threatening phone calls and one leader of a house church network received a threatening letter in August from Taliban militants. Some Christians have turned off their phones and moved to undisclosed locations,” the USCIRF report said.

The Taliban are hunting for Christians in order to force them to re-convert, leave the country or else face death. Afghan Christians are constantly facing danger of violence and death at the hands of the Taliban and other religious extremist outfits. In the wake of the Taliban takeover, Afghanistan has emerged as hotbed of Christian persecution. Therefore, dozens of Afghani Christians are leaving their homeland seeking safe – haven in Pakistan and other countries.

Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.


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