Giving hope to persecuted Christians since 1995
Select Page

02/01/2022 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In the wake of the disastrous U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the highly secretive Christian community in the country began to experience a rapid increase in threats. For Christians, the weeks and months following the fall of Kabul to the Taliban on August 15 were the most frightening times in years.

Almost overnight, thousands of Afghan Christians were forced into the difficult decision of going into hiding or fleeing Afghanistan, and the persecution was bound to increase under Taliban rule.

Since the collapse of Afghanistan, International Christian Concern (ICC) has been helping Afghan Christians survive this extremely difficult situation. This includes providing safe houses in Afghanistan, food aid, medical assistance, and extractions to neighboring countries.

In many cases, Afghan Christians fleeing the country were forced to leave behind most of their worldly possessions.

“The families who escaped the country left without anything,” John*, an ICC partner in Afghanistan, recently explained. “We asked them not to take much with them because they were fleeing the country in small cars. We also didn’t want them to look like they were fleeing the country if they were caught by the Taliban.”

For many families, this meant they carried little more than the clothing on their backs, perhaps a single change of clothes, official documents, and some food and water for the long journey.

Recently, this became a major challenge for hundreds of Afghan Christians who fled to countries neighboring Afghanistan. With the onset of winter, these Christians found themselves without warm clothing to face the harsh winter conditions.

“Almost everyone was struggling with the sudden change in weather,” John continued. “Many children were getting sick due to the lack of proper winter clothing.”

In response to this need, ICC provided winter clothing for hundreds of Christians who fled Afghanistan following the country’s collapse. These Christians received winter jackets, hats, and warm blankets.

“We did not have enough warm clothing,” a project beneficiary told ICC. “It was not easy to live in one room with the weather freezing cold.”

“I am thankful for the help, including the winter jacket and the blanket I was given,” the beneficiary continued. “These will keep me warm and provide me with peace of mind.”

Many Afghan Christians will continue to face a long journey to safety and security following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. While this journey will be long and full of many challenges, ICC remains committed to supporting this persecuted Christian community.

To read more stories like this, sign up for ICC’s free monthly magazine.