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Central Asia

Persecution Type

Clan oppression



Persecution Level





A small number (Open Doors estimate)


Presidential Islamic Republic


President Ashraf Ghani

Profile of Persecution

Violence 10.2/16.7
Church Life 16.7/16.7
National Life 16.7/16.7
Community Life 16.7/16.7
Family Life 16.7/16.7
Private Life 16.7/16.7

What does persecution look like in Afghanistan? What is life like for Christians?

It is impossible to live openly as a Christian in Afghanistan. Leaving Islam is considered shameful, and Christian converts face dire consequences if their new faith is discovered. Either they have to flee the country or they will be killed.

If a Christian’s family discovers they have converted, their family, clan or tribe has to save its “honor” by disowning the believer, or even killing them. Christians from a Muslim background can also be sectioned in a psychiatric hospital, because leaving Islam is considered a sign of insanity.

Meet a secret Afghan believer

“How we survive daily only God knows. He knows because He has been kind to dwell with us. But we are tired of all the death around us.”

What has changed in Afghanistan?

Afghanistan remains the second highest country on the World Watch List, and persecution is only very slightly less oppressive than in North Korea. The Islamic State group and the Taliban continue to have a strong, violent presence in Afghanistan, with the Taliban controlling large regions.

Who is most vulnerable to persecution?

All Christians in Afghanistan are extremely vulnerable to persecution. Areas controlled by the Taliban are particularly oppressive, but there is no safe way to express any form of Christian faith in the country.

What does Open Doors do to help Christians in Afghanistan?

Open Doors raises prayer support for persecuted believers in Afghanistan.

Pray for Afghanistan

  • Pray for protection for the small percentage of Afghani believers. Pray that God would make “seeing eyes blind” and that anyone who might be looking for secret Afghan Christians would not discover them.
  • Pray that despite their isolation, Afghan believers would be strengthened and encouraged in their faith. Pray they would find safe ways to access the Word of God and communicate with other believers.
  • Pray that God would be at work in the hearts of Islamic extremists—such as members of the Taliban and the Islamic State group—that they would come to know the love of Jesus and that He would turn their lives around.

Stories from Afghanistan

September 29, 2021

7 urgent prayers for Afghan Christians risking execution

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September 29, 2021

A secret message from Christians in Afghanistan

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September 23, 2021

‘Pray we can share the gospel’—On the ground with Afghan refugees

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