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03/08/2022 Afghanistan (International Christian Concern) – The U.N.’s High Commissioner for Human Rights recently brought a report to the top rights body in Geneva. The report illustrated the deplorable conditions Afghans live in under Taliban rule, “The Afghan people face a devastating humanitarian and economic crisis that severely impacts their enjoyment of the full range of economic, social and cultural rights. More than half the population now suffers extreme levels of hunger. An increase in child labor, child marriage, and the sale of children has been observed.” She went on to tell how “Human rights defenders have been killed, arbitrarily detained, or subjected to other attacks and threats since August. The first two months of this year have seen a number of disturbing cases of enforced disappearances and incommunicado detention of civil society activists and protestors.”

As if the situation in Afghanistan was not horrifying enough, the Taliban takeover has encouraged the Islamic State of Khorasan (ISIS-K) to spread throughout the country, unleashing their atrocious will and striking fear into the innocent. According to a U.N. report, 397 people have been killed since the Taliban takeover last August.  ISIS-K is responsible for most of the killings, as well as torturing and beheading their victims before leaving their bodies on the road. The extremist group is also believed to be responsible for multiple suicide bombings in recent months, including at Kabul airport.

Emboldened by the takeover and the insubstantial response by the West, the Taliban will continue to violate the human rights of Afghans while ISIS-K continues to kill and torture unabashedly. We continue to pray for the underground Christians in Afghanistan, as well as all those suffering under the egregious rule of Islamic extremism.

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