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Sharia, apostasy and the Taliban


Christians who remain in Afghanistan are at risk of being hunted down and killed by the Taliban now that the Islamist group has regained control of the country and, on 7 September, announced the formation of a new government.

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Government silence is another betrayal of Afghanistan Christians
Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, wrote on 18 August to three MPs requesting that they ask the government to allow Afghan Christians to be resettled in the UK, and explaining why the UK has a unique responsibility to help and support believers from Afghanistan. To date the UK government remains silent on this matter. This is another betrayal of our Christian brothers and sisters.
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Lord Carey: Britain is ignoring the fate of Afghan Christians
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Please write to your MP asking the government to allow persecuted Afghan Christians to settle here in the UK.

News updates on the persecuted Church

Indian pastor, 16, severely burned with acid for refusing to stop praying

A 16-year-old Christian suffered burns over at least 60 per cent of his body as the result of an acid attack in eastern India.


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Pastor and two other Christians attacked by extremists in Chhattisgarh, India

A pastor and two other Christians were attacked inside a police station by radical Hindutva nationalists after being accused of carrying out unlawful religious conversions in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, India.


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Soldiers ransack villages, attack churches in Chin State, Myanmar

The entire population of Taal village in Chin State was forced to flee after soldiers ransacked homes, killed animals and destroyed valuables during a series of raids in the largely Christian region.


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Protest by Rohingya Muslims prevents burial of Christian at refugee camp in Bangladesh

The body of a Christian Rohingya refugee was left without burial for 30 hours because of a protest by Rohingya Muslims, who form the majority of people at the sprawling Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh.


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UK Parliamentarians to advocate for persecuted Christians Naser Navard Goltapeh and Leah Sharibu

Persecuted Christians Naser Navard Goltapeh and Leah Sharibu are among four prisoners of conscience to be “adopted” by the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Religious Freedom and Belief.


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