STEINBACH, Man.—In August 2021, the country of Afghanistan came under the rule and authority of the Taliban. For many Afghans who follow Christ, this change in government meant they needed to flee the country, or—in situations where they had already fled—they could never return. Continue reading How can EMCers help Afghan Christian refugees?
How can we help Afghan refugees?
By Arley Loewen
First wave of refugees: 1980s
- from the Soviet Invasion
The Soviet invasion caused the first wave of Afghan refugees as millions flooded into Pakistan, Iran and India.
At the same time, Afghans began to resist the Soviets and Kabul government, which birthed the Afghan mujahideen (holy warriors). The U.S. saw an opportunity to oppose the Soviets by supporting the Afghan warriors. Islamic enthusiasts from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and elsewhere, joined with the mujahideen in “short-term mission” service—an ideal chance for young radicals to practice jihad. Osama bin Laden was one such warrior, and he started the al-Qaeda Islamic party. Continue reading Waves in the Desert