Three armed Taliban insurgents swept into a Kabul guesthouse last Friday, murdering three South Africans and two Afghans in the compound of an international aid agency in the Afghan capital, according to World Watch Monitor.
Werner Groenewald and his two teenage children were murdered in the guesthouse where they lived in Kabul’s western Karte Seh district, along with an Afghan employee of their small aid organization, Partnership in Academics and Development (PAD). Another Afghan man visiting the compound at the time was also killed.
Dr. Hannelie Groenewald, the wife and mother of the South African victims, returned home late that Saturday afternoon from her work at a medical clinic to find her family’s bullet-ridden bodies being loaded onto ambulances.
The attackers had set the house ablaze, leaving her with only the clothes she was wearing and destroying all the family’s documents and other possessions.
Groenewald was the local director of PAD’s educational projects in Afghanistan. A former pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church, he and his family had lived in Afghanistan since August 2003.
The Afghan constitution does not recognize the existence of Afghan Christians and they are not protected. Open Doors notes that within Afghanistan, ranked No. 5 on the 2014 World Watch List, there are individual followers of Christ and small groups of believers, but no organized church.
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