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Afghanistan designated a “restricted” country for Christians

Voice of the Martyrs has designated Afghanistan as a “restricted” nation in its annual Global Prayer Guide, arguing that the government has proved “highly antagonistic” toward Christians, who have been increasingly targeted by violent extremist groups since the Taliban took power last summer.


The Afghan House Church Network and the U.S.-based group International Christian Concern estimate that there are 10,000 to 12,000 Christian converts throughout the country who have practiced underground over the last two decades.

Last November, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom warned that religious freedom conditions in Afghanistan have deteriorated since the Taliban took control of the country on the 15th of August 2021. 

The commission noted that it had “documented and received credible reports of violence including executions, disappearances, evictions, desecration of houses of worship, beatings, harassment, and threats of violence to members of particularly vulnerable religious communities.”


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