The Persecution of Christians in Afghanistan : A Closer Look at What Lies Ahead

Farrukh Saif

August 22, 2021

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.

ECSPE 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.

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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