Afghan Christians are allegedly being denied entry into the Kabul airport, despite appearing on lists of qualified evacuees.
“I was told by contacts from various groups working to rescue those still in danger in Afghanistan—who must remain anonymous — that the State Department at least at a certain point was not implementing the lists that they require the organizations to compile — even though they have sent them multiple times,” Faith McDonnell, director of advocacy at Katartismos Global, told the Catholic News Agency.
Christian non-profits operating in Afghanistan are also reporting that Taliban terrorists are killing people found with Bible apps on their phones. Earlier this month, the unsuccessful withdrawal of the US military allowed the Taliban to take over Afghanistan. Currently, the terrorist organization is implementing religion-based Sharia Law, which they operated under during their previous rule of the country from 1996 until 2001.
“We’re hearing from reliable sources that the Taliban demand people’s phones, and if they find a downloaded Bible on your device, they will kill you immediately,” SAT-7 North America President Dr. Rex Rogers told Religion News Service.
Furthermore, an underground church claimed the Taliban has a hit list of Christian Afghanis and suggested most of their followers believe they will “face God in the next two weeks.”
Recent reports suggest between 10,000 and 40,000 American citizens are stranded in Afghanistan, however, it is unclear how many are on the evacuation list. The persecution of Christians puts into question the Taliban’s willingness to cooperate with the US government and allow evacuation.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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