Despite intense persecution, the tiny Christian community in Afghanistan is growing, according to Voice of the Martyrs (VoM).
In its new annual Global Prayer Guide, Afghanistan has been designated a “restricted” country because of the severity of the persecution being experienced by Christians.
It attributes this to radical Islam and “violent tribal political activity”, which it says has made Afghanistan “a difficult and dangerous place” for Christians to practise their faith.
Owning a Bible is “extremely dangerous” but online and other digital versions are available to believers there, the ministry says.
“Both local and national governments are highly antagonistic toward Christians,” the prayer guide says.
“Extremist groups, including the Taliban and the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS), are active, and believers are…