Afghanistan, a Muslim majority nation with a population of 32.5 million, has a Christian population of only a few thousand. Muslims who convert to Christianity face persecution from their society, friends and even their own family.
Years of war and a strong influence from Islamic extremists have devastated this largely tribal nation. The government is occupied fighting the Taliban, Opium production is nearly the only stable source of income and education is almost non-existent.
Find out more about the situation for Christians in Afghanistan here, and check out these 13 photos that show daily life in Afghanistan.
Blue is a common colour for women’s Burqas. Date: 2004
Eradicating the opium business is quite a challenge for the Afghan government. Date: 2002
A rural village in Northern Afghanistan. Date: 2002
Woman in front of the Darul Aman Palace, Kabul. Date: 2003
Boys collecting water on the streets of Afghanistan. Date: 2003
Spices in the marketplace. Date: 2000
Street scenes in Kabul. Date: Unknown
Said Musa, an orthopedic therapist was arrested in 2010 for converting to Christianity. Image: 2009
Said Musa after his release and relocation to another country, reading letter of encouragement from believers around the world. Image: 2012
Men sitting in front of the Blue Mosque in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Date: 2002
Two Afghan teenagers near the Blue Mosque in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Date: 2002
View over the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul. Date: 2006
Selling tea in Kabul, Afghanistan. Date: 2002
- Pray that Christians will be bold in their witness to others.
- Pray for entire families and communities to accept Jesus, so that believers are not so isolated.
- Praise God the church is growing despite such difficult circumstances.
Australia: Support Open Doors ministry worldwide and give monthly – you can give here.
New Zealand: Support Open Doors ministry worldwide and give monthly – you can give here.
Follow our blog, like Open Doors Australia and Open Doors New Zealand on Facebook and sign up to our email list for latest news from the persecuted church. Sign up to Australia or New Zealand lists.