According to reports, the Taliban appears to be arresting and possibly killing people in Afghanistan that they perceive as enemies.
The news comes just less than a month after the U.S. pulled soldiers from Afghanistan and the Taliban regained control of the country.
Christian missionary Davide Eubank, who is from Free Burma Rangers and provides humanitarian services in war-torn areas, told CBN News that the way the U.S. left the country is “dishonorable, and a horrible breaking of promises … and leaving thousands of people behind that we promised we’d take out with us including American citizens.”
Eubank, a former U.S. Army Special Forces and Ranger officer, said many are trying to flee the country and the Taliban’s violence.
“They [the Taliban] are hunting down people right now, trying to get all the names of anyone they perceive as an enemy,” Eubank told the outlet. He added that “enemies” include “people who work with the U.S. government, people who are with other governments, people who work with non-governmental organizations they don’t agree with.”
According to The Christian Post, in many cases, the Taliban is allowing American citizens with proper paperwork and identity cards to flee the country freely. But, Eubank said, “anyone who doesn’t have papers, anyone they perceive as an enemy, they are going to arrest them, and in many cases, execute them.”
The people “are in terror,” he said.
Last week, International Christian Concern, a Christian persecution watchdog organization, reported that the Taliban is cracking down on reporters and some rallies.
There are between 8,000 to 12,000 Afghan Christians living in Afghanistan. Most, if not all, are converts from Islam and largely keep their faith secret to prevent persecution.
“Their status as converts makes Afghan Christians direct targets for persecution by both extremist groups and society in general,” ICC reports. “In Afghanistan, leaving Islam is considered extremely shameful, and converts can face dire consequences if their conversion is discovered.”
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.