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Afghanistan

Afghanistan

World Watch List Rank2
World Watch List Score94/100
LeaderPresident Ashraf Ghani
Population38,055,000 | A few thousand Christians
Main ReligionIslam
WWL Rank in 20202
Persecution LevelExtreme Persecution

It is impossible to live openly as a Christian in Afghanistan. Leaving Islam is considered shameful, and Christian converts face dire consequences if their new faith is discovered. Either they have to flee the country or they will be killed.  

Afghanistan remains the second highest country on the World Watch List, and persecution is only very slightly less oppressive than in North Korea. ISIS and the Taliban continue to have a strong, violent presence in Afghanistan, with the Taliban controlling large regions. 

All Christians in Afghanistan are extremely vulnerable to persecution. Areas controlled by the Taliban are particularly oppressive, but there is no safe way to express any form of Christian faith in the country. 

What has changed this year?

Afghanistan remains the second highest country on the World Watch List, and persecution is only very slightly less oppressive than in North Korea. ISIS and the Taliban continue to have a strong, violent presence in Afghanistan, with the Taliban controlling large regions. 

How we help

Open Doors raises prayer support for persecuted believers in Afghanistan. 

PRAY FOR AFGHANISTAN

Pray for protection for the small percentage of Afghani believers. Pray that God would make “seeing eyes blind” and that anyone who might be looking for secret Afghan Christians would not discover them.

Pray that despite their isolation, Afghan believers would be strengthened and encouraged in their faith. Pray that they would find safe ways to access the Word of God and communicate with other believers.

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