The situation in the country remains unstable, and Islamic extremist groups continue to gain power. Christianity is still considered a ‘Western’ religion, and is seen as hostile to Afghan culture, society and Islam. Those who leave Islam are treated as apostates, and face huge pressures from family, society and local authorities. In September 2013, an Afghan MP called for the execution of converts to Christianity. There is no public church, even for ex-pats. Christian converts keep their faith secret, since any connection with Christianity is dangerous.
- All Afghan Christians come from a Muslim background and are at risk if their faith is discovered. Ask God to protect and encourage them.
- The Taliban continues to threaten and attack Afghan citizens. Pray that their influence will diminish.
- That the withdrawal of international forces in 2014 will not lead to a return to civil war.
Quick Facts About Iraq:
Government: Parliamentary democracy
Main Religion: Islam
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism