On October 25, 2021, the United Nations released a study indicating that Afghanistan is fast becoming the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, surpassing the needs in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. According to the World Food Program 22.8 million people could face acute hunger this winter, with 8.7 million of these at emergency levels.
Forty years of conflict, the suspension of international aid after the takeover by the Taliban with the subsequent financial and banking collapse, and the worst drought the country has seen in years all combine to provoke this spiraling crisis. As the humanitarian crisis deepens, the Taliban regime continues to target certain groups for reprisal, such as journalists, women leaders, and those known to be Christians. Of the nine journalists reported killed in Afghanistan in 2021, seven were killed after the fall of Kabul. The full magnitude of human rights abuses is difficult to gauge. Organizations like Human Rights Watch report that Taliban authorities are threatening journalists and imposing strict guidelines on the media. Amnesty International has decried the reported violence and intimidation against the press. People are fearful to go on record to report what is really happening on the ground.
From the reports which do trickle out, the situation for Christians is still bleak. Three Christians were reported as victims of targeted killing in the north. More recent reports tell of three Christians being arrested, one of whom was killed in custody. On November 17, International Christian Concern named the Taliban as the top entity persecuting Christians today.
Hundreds of Christians are still in hiding, waiting to exit the country. Hundreds more have already escaped and are waiting in countries like Tajikistan, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, and Albania for repatriation to other countries. Unfortunately, even in these countries they face tremendous obstacles as they seek permanent resettlement options. It’s since a few months now that millions of Afghan refugees escaped the vulnerable situation and moved to neighboring countries of Afghanistan. But now they are stranded and in limbo in endless journey.
The business communities is taking advantage of the dire needs situation and the prices of food is gone up to hundreds percent in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
What we are doing
CAPC is seeking to advocate with the Canadian government to ensure that Christians escaping persecution are prioritized among the 40,000 who have been promised asylum by the Canadia government. We are pursuing the route of asylum for Canada under the Government Assisted Refugees program for these highly-vulnerable Afghans who have been forced to flee.
We are also in touch with many Afghan refugee families who have escaped to Pakistan, and hope to help them with practical needs as well as eventual repatriation.
We are looking for partners Individuals- Communities and Churches – who would partner with us in our efforts to response to huge need of humanitarian aid, such as medicines, food, winter clothing and bedding” We need people to write emails to their MPs and other government officials to plead the government to respond to this issue rapidly.
We need communities and churches to commit to support Afghan Christian families in their transition to Canada.