Despair Deepens Following Afghanistan Earthquake as Rescue Efforts Move Slowly

Image shows one of many collapsed houses in the quake zone. (Photo courtesy of The Voice of the Martyrs USA)

Search and rescue efforts continue at a painfully slow pace in Afghanistan, hampered by weather, terrain, and a lack of resources. Doctors in the country tell BBC News that “many children may have been killed” in Wednesday’s earthquake.

Thousands of homes collapsed, burying entire villages – and the people in them – under rubble. The Taliban lacks heavy rescue equipment, and The Associated Press reports people digging with their bare hands to find survivors.

Heart4Iran works alongside a network of underground churches in Afghanistan. “Yesterday, I talked with some of them and they are okay. But the situation is horrible,” says Hossein*, an Afghan believer from a Muslim background working with Heart4Iran.

“Most of the critical resources and venues were either destroyed by the Taliban or were pushed out of Afghanistan. This has created a vacuum of meaningful resources to help survivors or help people get back on their feet.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Pray the hope of Christ will reach those in Afghanistan who need it most.
  • Ask the Lord to give wisdom and resources to Heart4Iran’s partners in Afghanistan.

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