WHO IS THE LEADER OF AFGHANISTAN?
President Ashraf Ghani is the leader of Afghanistan.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN AFGHANISTAN?
We estimate that the number is in the thousands, but it’s hard to know exactly because Afghan Christians must keep their faith completely secret.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN AFGHANISTAN?
Afghanistan is a tribal society, and loyalty to your family, clan and tribe are incredibly important. Islam is seen as part of Afghan identity, and leaving Islam is seen as a betrayal by families and communities. It is illegal for an Afghan person to leave Islam.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN AFGHANISTAN?
Those who decide to follow Jesus in Afghanistan must do so in complete secret. Those who are discovered may be sent to a mental hospital - their families believe no sane person would leave Islam. They may also be beaten or even killed by family members, or members of Islamic extremist groups like the Taliban.
"I believe in Jesus now, and my wife also, but I still go to the mosque to pray five times a day."
- Secret Afghan believer
HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN THE GULF REGION?
You can give to provide vital support
In cooperation with local churches and partners, Open Doors supports the church in Afghanistan through literacy and vocational projects, emergency aid, training and trauma therapy.
Give to support persecuted Christians in the Gulf region.
You can SPEAK OUT
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You can pray
Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”
A PRAYER FOR AFGHANISTAN
Lord Jesus, thank You that people in Afghanistan are coming to know You despite the extreme persecution they face. Please help believers to shine as witnesses for You in their day-to-day lives. Protect and strengthen those who are facing persecution from their families and communities, and give wisdom to those who are working to support secret Afghan believers.