Reports from various Christian organizations denounce that the Taliban terrorist group that recently took power in Afghanistan, go house to house and claiming girls over 12 years of age to turn them into sex slaves, in addition to executing any Afghan who is identified as a Christian.
The PR news website, published a statement from an organization of underground Christians in Afghanistan, Global Catalyst Ministries (GCM) that denounces:
“The Taliban are going door-to-door taking women and children. The people must mark their house with an “X” if they have a girl over 12 years old, so that the Taliban can take them. If they find a young girl and the house was not marked they will execute the entire family. If a married woman 25 years or older has been found, the Taliban promptly kill her husband, do whatever they want to her, and then sell her as a sex slave.”
The Taliban, after raping the girls, usually force them to marry them.
The men of the families, for fear of falling into the hands of the terrorists, give their weapons to the women of the house and tell them to choose between killing them or committing suicide.
According to GCM, the Taliban have a list of Christians they are targeting for execution as ‘infidels’, all those who are not Muslims.
According to SAT-7, an organization that broadcasts Christian programs for churches and Christians in the Middle East and North Africa, the Taliban are using “spies and informants” to persecute the country’s Christian minority.
In their report, they indicate that Taliban militants in broad daylight make those they identified as Christian or ethnically ‘impure’ get off buses and execute them on the spot.
“We’re hearing from reliable sources that the Taliban demand people’s phones, and if they find a downloaded Bible on your device, they will kill you immediately,” said SAT-7 North America President Dr. Rex Rogers. “It’s incredibly dangerous right now for Afghans to have anything Christian on their phones. The Taliban have spies and informants everywhere.”
Under Muslim Sharia law, practicing a religion other than Islam is considered apostasy and is punishable by death, imprisonment, or confiscation of property unless the person repents within three days.
Non-Muslim religious minorities in Afghanistan make up 0.3 percent of the total population.
Even before the Taliban took power last August 15, 2021, religious minorities were persecuted under the Afghan government, who for their own safety were forced to profess their faith clandestinely.
“Secret believers in Afghanistan are especially vulnerable. Prior to Taliban rule, they already had a very difficult time living out their faith, as they had to keep it secret from their families for fear of being shunned, or worse, killed,” said Brother Samuel, Open Doors Field Director for Asia.
“Now that the Taliban is in power, their vulnerability increases tenfold. It would be almost impossible to be a follower of Jesus in this country,” Brother Samuel continued. “We are monitoring the situation, but this is the time for us to ask God to have mercy not only on His people but on this country as a whole.”
The reports contradict promises by Taliban leaders to respect the rights of women who under the Muslim religion cannot vote, drive vehicles, or even leave their homes without a male escort.