• Leader: President Ashraf Ghani
  • Population: 34.2 million (Thousands of Christians)
  • Main Religion: Islam
  • Government: Islamic republic
  • World Watch List Rank: 3
  • Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism/Ethnic antagonism

It is illegal for an Afghan person to be anything other than a Muslim.

Afghanistan is a tribal society, and leaving Islam is seen as a betrayal of the tribe. Discovered believers will sometimes be sent to a mental hospital, as families believe no sane person would leave Islam. Baptism is a crime punishable by death; several believers were killed in 2016 when their faith was discovered. The Taliban, a radical Islamist group, remains active in Afghanistan and targets those who leave Islam.

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Please Pray 

  • For courage and protection for secret Afghan believers
  • For change to take place within the country, and for openness to religions outside of Islam
  • For stability and peace in Afghanistan.


How we help

In cooperation with local churches and other partnering ministries, Open Doors supports the church in Afghanistan through:

  • Literacy training
  • Vocational projects
  • Emergency aid to victims of violent persecution
  • Women's ministry
  • Bible literacy
  • Pastor's training
  • Counselling and trauma therapy.

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