SAT-7 broadcasts hope for Afghan women and girls

By October 26, 2021

Afghanistan (MNN) — From the Middle East to parts of Asia, satellite tv remains hugely popular. While internet streaming dominates in the U.S., about 90% of homes in the Middle East and North Africa region have satellite dishes.

Joe Willey of SAT-7 USA says these dishes have gotten smaller over time, and easier to hide. That’s useful in countries that try to restrict access to information, like Afghanistan. “One of the good things is that the programming from SAT-7 has not been interrupted by the Taliban takeover. I think that’s really unique about SAT-7 because we are on a satellite that allows us to broadcast across the entire country.”

Willey says before the Taliban takeover, SAT-7 heard from many listeners inside Afghanistan. Now, that number has dropped significantly.

But they can still receive SAT-7 programming. The ministry continues translating content into more Afghan dialects. Willey says, “This will help us be an even stronger witness in the country as Afghans will hear, really the hope of Christianity, the hope of Christ in what we call their heart language.”

Women and girls

Willey says SAT-7 produces programming specifically for women and girls, two groups most oppressed by the Taliban.

Girls are being kept away from school, and women from their workplaces. Willey says, “There’s real concern that talented women are suddenly forced into a position where their knowledge or wisdom can’t be heard, and they’re just treated as chattel.”

Pray SAT-7’s educational programming will benefit young girls who have been deprived of education. “God is faithful. And we know he can reach the hearts of those in power. Right now, I think truly we need to pray for the protection of people in Afghanistan.”



Header photo courtesy of SAT-7 USA.