As persecution increases, your family needs your support to keep faith and hope alive
Printable sheet with key facts, figures, information and prayer points. Useful for your church noticeboard or prayer group.
Leader: President Ashraf Ghani
Population: 33 million (a few thousand Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
Government: Islamic republic
World Watch List Rank: 4
Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism
There is no visible church in Afghanistan; all Afghan believers are secret converts from Islam.
Leaving Islam is seen as apostasy, which brings shame on the family and community. If someone is suspected of converting to Christianity they will be arrested. Buildings that are suspected of being used by the underground church are closed down or damaged. Even the few remaining expatriate Christians are at risk; three South African Christians who were working for a relief organisation were killed when their guest house in Kabul was attacked.
- For protection for believers as Islamic extremism increases - some militants have declared allegiance to the so-called Islamic State and announced a 'caliphate of Khorasan' in the northwest of the country
- For wisdom for Christian parents, who do not wish to send their children to a madrassah (Islamic school) for fear of being revealed if they share their faith with their children
- For comfort and strength for isolated believers.