Afghan Christians: "A Community of Criminals the Taliban Must Punish"

“They say they are afraid. Many of them are desperate, but it is in this weakness that they continue to advance and they find sweetness in it all. "

Yesterday, the first commercial flight since the end of the airlift flew from Kabul. The Qatar Airways plane left Afghanistan with "about 113 passengers on board", according to theReuters Agency.

In Afghanistan, protests in favor of human rights, as well as journalists who try to cover these events, are violently repressed.

For William Stark, regional director ofInternational Christian Concern for South Asia, these "actions of the Taliban authorities are an indicator of how they will govern and likely treat minorities." “We are particularly concerned about what this means for the Christian community in Afghanistan,” he continues.

He says, “it will be almost impossible to be a Christian in Afghanistan”.

“As converts from Islam, Afghan Christians will not be seen as a religious minority, but as a community of criminals that the Taliban must punish. Before the Taliban took control of the country, Afghanistan was one of the most difficult places in the world to be a Christian. With the Taliban now in full control and likely to bring the country back to the oppression of the 1990s, it will be nearly impossible to be a Christian in Afghanistan. "

Joel Richardson, of Global Catalytic Ministries, evokes the fear and despair that seize Afghan Christians.

“They say they are afraid. Many of them are desperate, but it is in this weakness that they continue to advance and they find sweetness in it all. "

But it also evokes the awakening of the Afghan Church.

“Iran has the fastest growing Church in the world. Seven years after the Islamic State's lightning war, there is a revival in northern Syria… The Church in Afghanistan is determined to do the same. "

He even speaks of Christians who would have testified to their faith with the Taliban.

“They always get together actively, study the scriptures together, and share the gospel. We actually have a report from one of our leaders who shared the gospel with some Taliban members who came to their village and they actually engaged in Bible study and prayer. "

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