Rescue Afghan Christians.
Under Islam, conversion is regarded as apostasy and punishable by death. As a result, in Afghanistan converts have tended to exercise their faith in secret, so that it is difficult to know the true size of the Christian community. Estimates vary from between 1,000 to 20,000 believers. But what is known is that, since 2001 – under Western protection – the numbers have increased.
As the Taliban now consolidate their hold on power in Afghanistan, Christians are especially vulnerable and at risk. Last week leaders of underground house churches received letters from the Taliban, warning them that they ‘know where they are and what they are doing’ (www.spectator.co.uk/article/for-afghan-christians-the-taliban-takeover-is-a-nightmare). Individual Christians have reported death threats (www.christiantoday.com/article/christians.in.afghanistan.tell.of.death.threats/137277.htm ). There have been reports of summary executions.
It is certain that Christianity will once again be rigorously suppressed, and believers will face an almost unimaginable future of violent and bloody persecution, confiscation of property, and death.
As a matter or priority, in the evacuation of those known to be vulnerable, we call on the UK to rescue and offer sanctuary to Afghan Christians. We call for action before it becomes too late – and there is no one left to save.