On August 15, 2021, the Taliban claimed control of Afghanistan’s capital amid the United States’ chaotic troop withdrawal. The advance came as no surprise to those watching, as major cities fell to Taliban rule throughout the summer.
Watch this powerful video marking the anniversary of Afghanistan’s fall.
Last month, senior staff in U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration voiced concern about the August anniversary. Many people view the Afghanistan withdrawal as “one of Biden’s biggest failures,” and its commemoration could shake voter confidence as midterm elections approach.
Reports like this one from the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations add fuel to the fire.
“A lot of people have forgotten about Afghanistan, and the decimation that has happened since the American pull out,” says Reza*, a believer working with Global Catalytic Ministries.
“There’s not a lot of [NGOs or] people who care left (in Afghanistan).”
Today, most Afghans rely on help from foreign aid organizations to survive. Taliban authority led to diplomatic isolation, and the country’s economy tanked. It’s no longer in “free fall,” economists say, but Afghans still cannot access daily essentials.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for the underground church in Afghanistan to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
- Pray believers will be bold and courageous in their communities.
- Pray for faithful believers who boldly share stories of divine transformation and accounts of their faith.
- Pray for Christians to be hidden in plain sight.