For many, home is where the persecution is

For many, home is where the persecution is

For many, home is where the persecution is

A spokesman for a persecuted Christians ministry says even though Afghanistan has only changed for the worse over the last year, many believers who fled now want to return.

When U.S. troops completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan a year ago, the country was left in chaos as the Taliban completed their takeover, subjecting it to Muslim law. Jeff King of International Christian Concern (ICC) recently told the "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" program that there is bitter infighting within the Taliban.

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"It is a very tough situation," King said. "These guys, all they were qualified to do was to be dangerous, extremely radical, and to kill; they really have no experience governing. It's a complete mess. The U.S. propped up the place, so it's a very tough spot."

A year ago, many Christians fled the country. Now, the families who remain there find it difficult to put food on the table or to get decent medical care.

"A number of them honestly they want to go back," King noted regarding those who fled. "They kind of left in a panic. The opportunity was there; the worst was assumed. But their heart's in Afghanistan, and they want to get back."

"But the majority are still there," he continued. "Any Christian in Afghanistan, almost 100%, they're all converts from Islam, and so that means they're apostates. They're under a death sentence under the Taliban."

He says the reason so many want to return, even though they know persecution awaits them, is their heart for their brothers and sisters there.