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Region South Asia
Leader President Ashraf Ghani
Population 34 169 000
Christian Less than 1%
Main Religion Islam
Government Presidential Islamic Republic
Rank 2
Score 93
Previous Rank 3
Previous Score 89

“Miracles happen for the glory of God. Share about your experience with Jesus.”

Christians in Afghanistan experience extreme persecution. Severe pressure on believers, resulting from Islamic oppression, is exerted mostly by families, friends and community, but also by local religious leaders.

The state authorities are weak, and Islam is viewed as a welcome unifying factor, especially as society agrees that conversion away from Islam cannot be tolerated. Many who convert from Islam to Christianity are murdered once their extended families learn of their new faith. In other families, Christian converts are delivered to mental hospitals – the assumption is that no one in their right mind would ever choose to leave Islam.

Converts from Islam usually lose their rights to personal property and possessions, effectively leaving them destitute. This can occur even upon the mere suspicion of conversion – a fear tactic that leads family members to react more harshly in curbing even the slightest hints of interest in Christianity.

Open Doors, in cooperation with local churches and other partnering ministries, is supporting the Church in Afghanistan through literacy training, vocational projects, emergency aid to victims of violent persecution, women’s ministry, biblical and pastoral training courses, and more.

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