Historians trace the Taliban’s origins to the early and mid-1990s, when Afghanistan was facing social upheaval after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The word “Taliban” means “students” in Pashto, one of the languages spoken in Afghanistan. The Taliban is a U.S.-designated terrorist organization.
In a recent video released Wednesday, an anonymous Afghan Christian describes the situation he and other believers are facing under Taliban rule. “We will fight harder and will continue in God’s work. If we are no longer with you, remember this word from our unbroken hearts,” he says. “But please remember us – the great difficulties we now face."