Afghanistan

  • Leader: President Ashraf Ghani
  • Population: 34.2 million (Thousands of Christians)
  • Main Religion: Islam
  • Government: Islamic republic
  • World Watch List Rank: 3
  • Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism/Ethnic antagonism

It is illegal for an Afghan person to be anything other than a Muslim.

Afghanistan is a tribal society, and leaving Islam is seen as a betrayal of the tribe. Discovered believers will sometimes be sent to a mental hospital, as families believe no sane person would leave Islam. Baptism is a crime punishable by death; several believers were killed in 2016 when their faith was discovered. The Taliban, a radical Islamist group, remains active in Afghanistan and targets those who leave Islam.

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Please Pray 

  • For courage and protection for secret Afghan believers
  • For change to take place within the country, and for openness to religions outside of Islam
  • For stability and peace in Afghanistan.

KEEP HOPE ALIVE. PRAY. GIVE. SPEAK OUT.

How we help

In cooperation with local churches and other partnering ministries, Open Doors supports the church in Afghanistan through:

  • Literacy training
  • Vocational projects
  • Emergency aid to victims of violent persecution
  • Women's ministry
  • Bible literacy
  • Pastor's training
  • Counselling and trauma therapy.

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