Beatings and torture becoming ‘routine’ as Afghanistan designated a ‘restricted’ country for Christians


Taliban fighters parade along a road to celebrate after the United States pulled all its troops out of Afghanistan, in Kandahar on September 1, 2021 following the Taliban’s military takeover. | JAVED TANVEER/AFP via Getty Images

Since the Taliban seized power last August, Christians have been under increased attack from violent extremist groups, according to Voice of the Martyrs, which has labeled Afghanistan as a “restricted” country in its annual Global Prayer Guide.

A tiny number of Christians are “martyred every year in Afghanistan, but their deaths normally occur without public knowledge,” the guide notes, adding that “waves of Christians have gone to neighboring countries to worship openly.”
“You may have heard that, a year ago, following the fall of Kabul, every Christian living in Afghanistan had left the nation, had perished, or was hiding while attempting to reach the border. This is completely untrue, according to Todd Nettleton, voice of the martyrs radio host, who spoke to The Christian Post.


Starvation the new normal for families in Afghanistan

One year after American troops left Afghanistan, prophecies of a bad future have materialized: there would be starvation, torture, and anarchy. A society entered the first decade of the 1900s.
A former government official offered a less complimentary assessment.
Nasser von Waziri compared Afghanistan to Buchenwald, one of the largest World War II concentration camps where 56,000 people perished. Or Somalia, which is racked by war. That’s how it works.
Former Afghan government security expert Von Waziri left the country before the Taliban took control and wrote about the appalling living circumstances for the Washington Examiner in August 2021.

A hungry Afghan boy, Mohammad, and his mother more than 6 months after the American evacuation. Mohammad later died of starvation./Nasser von Waziri
The entire world observed as women disappeared from the public eye after having prominent occupations like those of business leaders and lawyers. But most people are unaware that the country’s population is half malnourished and that basic basics are now considered a luxury.


In focus: Women in Afghanistan one year after the Taliban takeover

One year ago, on 15 August 2021, the Taliban entered Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul and took control of the country.
Over the past 12 months, human rights violations against women and girls have mounted steadily. Despite initial promises that women would be allowed to exercise their rights within Sharia law—including the right to work and to study—the Taliban has systematically excluded women and girls from public life.
The de facto government has disbanded the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and does not have any female cabinet members, essentially ending women’s political participation. In addition, the Taliban forbade females from continuing their education past the sixth grade and prohibited women from pursuing the majority of jobs outside the home.
Women’s freedom of movement and access to their bodies continue to be restricted. The Taliban ordered women to cover their faces in public in May and to stay inside their houses unless absolutely necessary. Without a male chaperone, women are not permitted to travel across vast distances, and they are increasingly being refused access to necessities.

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