Afghanistan ‘most dangerous place to be Christian’

A Taliban fighter on patrol in Kabul in December 2021 (CNS/Ali Khara, Reuters)

Afghanistan is the most dangerous place to be a Christian after the Taliban takeover has emboldened Islamist extremists worldwide, a new report shows. Source: The Tablet.

Afghanistan has replaced North Korea at the top of the World Watch List. North Korea was the worst for Christian persecution on the annual list for 20 years, but has dropped to second place, even though persecution there also increased.

The World Watch List, by Open Doors UK and Ireland, records persecution and discrimination worldwide. According to the latest list, more than 360 million Christians suffered high levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith – a rise of 20 million on the previous year.

The number represents one in seven Christians worldwide, the highest levels of persecution since the list was first published 29 years ago.

The World Watch List 2022 reporting period was from October 1, 2020, until September 30, 2021.

In Afghanistan, where the Christian population is small and hidden, the report finds that Christian men face almost certain death if their faith is discovered. Women and girls may escape death but may be married to young Taliban fighters who want “spoils of war”. After women and girls are raped, they are trafficked.

The report says that after the Taliban government gained access to recordings and reports that helped to identify Christians inside the country, they were often detained and made to identify further networks of Christians before finally being killed.


Afghanistan 'most dangerous place to be Christian' (By Ruth Gledhill, The Tablet

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