Afghan Christians are reportedly being forced to flee out into the mountains in a wild attempt to get away from the Taliban who is currently moving door to door in an attempt to root them out and murder them.
As reported by an underground church that is partnered with Frontier Alliance International (FAI), the Taliban has been targeting Christians to be put to death. As stated by FAI:
The Taliban has a hit list of known Christians they are targeting to pursue and kill. The US Embassy is defunct and there is no longer a safe place for believers to take refuge. All borders to neighboring countries are closed and all flights to and from have been halted, with the exception of private planes. People are fleeing into the mountains looking for asylum. They are fully reliant on God, who is the only One who can and will protect them.
The Taliban are going door-to-door taking women and children. The people must mark their house with an “X” if they have a girl over 12 years old, so that the Taliban can take them. If they find a young girl and the house was not marked they will execute the entire family. If a married woman 25 years or older has been found, the Taliban promptly kill her husband, do whatever they want to her, and then sell her as a sex slave.
Husbands and fathers have given their wives and daughters guns and told them that when the Taliban come, they can choose to kill them or kill themselves—it is their choice.
Taliban militants are also reportedly aggressively searching through citizen’s phones in order to attempt to find any apps that may give them away as practicing Christians.
“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,” stated the president of the Christian nonprofit organization SAT-7 North America, Dr. Rex Rogers, to Religion News Service. “It’s incredibly dangerous right now for Afghans to have anything Christian on their phones. The Taliban have spies and informants everywhere.”
“Because it’s so dangerous to seek the company of other Christians, many Afghan believers are totally alone, with not even one other Christian with whom to talk,” stated Rogers. “Our local director told me: ‘Most dare not attend a house church. They’re alone, fearful, and looking to us. We’re their last resort.”
As stated in a video put out by FAI, a member of the underground church set up in Afghanistan started crying as they described the situation currently unfolding as the Taliban rapidly charges in to retake its place of power.
“We are unable to control our emotions because we’ve worked so hard for 20 years,” stated the man. “All of our work over the past 20 years has been lost overnight. Only God understands how much pain we have and how broken our hearts are. We are not crying out of fear, but because our hearts ache for our beautiful country. It has now been destroyed by this savage and extremist group.”
Making the claim that “the whole world has abandoned us,” the man went on to say that “we are not leaving the field, we will fight harder and will continue in God’s work.”
“I’m sorry I cried and became emotional,” he added later on. “My heart hurts.”