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Taliban detains 18 non-profit workers for promoting Christianity

The International Assistance Mission (IAM) confirmed that the Taliban attacked the offices of a Swiss non-profit association twice, detaining 18 workers, one of whom is an American citizen.

Terrorists abducted three workers in the first raid on the 3rd of September, and fifteen were taken in the second raid on the 13th of September. 

According to IAM, “We were unaware of the circumstances that led to these incidents and have not been advised of the reason for the detention of our staff members. At this time, we have no information about the nature of the allegations against our staff and are, therefore, unable to comment or speculate about this ongoing situation. The well-being and security of our colleagues are paramount to us, and we are doing everything possible to ensure their safety and secure their swift release”.

IAM is collaborating with the Ministry of Economy, the United Nations and the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief to secure the workers’ rescue.

IAM has been working in Afghanistan to improve lives, local health, community development, and education. “We are a partnership between the people of Afghanistan and international Christian volunteers, and we have been working together since 1966.”

The Taliban released a statement claiming that the workers were taken for “propagating and promoting Christianity in the predominantly Muslim country.”

The Taliban inflict Islamic Shariah law, preventing girls from attending schools beyond the sixth grade. The strict rules also order most female government officials to stay at home. Women are prohibited from visiting public parks, gyms, or bathhouses. They also have to have a male relative accompanying them on long trips.



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