Taliban puts bounty on Afghan Christians

By April 3, 2023

Afghanistan (MNN) — Famine fears loom in Afghanistan. Multibillion-dollar aid packages have kept 20 million Afghans alive – roughly half of the population – since the Taliban took over. Now, aid groups are cutting funding.

Plus, “there is limited affordability for people to buy good fuels to heat their homes,” Transform Iran’s Lana Silk says.

“[Afghans are] burning anything they can – plastic, anything – to create some warmth. This is causing air pollution, and we have the risk of disease.”

Hunger and disease aren’t the only concerns. “The threat on their (believers’) lives is ongoing,” Silk says.

“The Taliban are offering money for Afghans to turn in any Christians they know. And Afghans are desperate, further heightening the security risk [to] Christians.”

Many believers fled Afghanistan during the United States’ sloppy withdrawal in 2021. Transform Iran helps the Christians who did not leave their homeland. More about that here.

“There are secret prayer meetings and teaching sessions; people are giving each other encouragement and hope. They are reaching out and evangelizing the lost around them, which is incredibly courageous, considering the implications,” Silk says.

Help Afghan Christians through Transform Iran. Most importantly, pray. “We need God to intervene and see a change in this regime and bring hope again to the people,” Silk says.

“There are millions of unbelievers in Afghanistan who have lost all hope, and we know the only true hope is Jesus. [Pray] for them to find their way to God; from there, God will make a way for them.”




Header image depicts a street scene in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo courtesy of Farid Ershad/Unsplash)

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