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Shanashah: An Afghan Christian Refugee

Shanashah is an Afghan Christian boy. Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs talked to him in Pakistan. Shanashah appeared to be about 10 years old, but he was not sure of his age. Many Afghan children have had very difficult lives. They have not been able to keep track of their birthdays.

Like other boys and men in his part of the world, Shanashah often wears a shalwar kamiz, which includes baggy pants and a long shirt. His favorite game is cricket. He likes to eat mutton and apples. In school, his favorite subject is English.

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A little smaller than Texas.

Main Languages
Dari, Pashtu

At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 4:30 p.m. in Afghanistan.

Interesting Fact
Afghanistan is a land where Christians do not meet in church buildings. Instead they meet secretly in small house churches. 

After terrorists bombed buildings in the U.S. in 2001, the U.S. led a “war on terrorism.” As part of that fight, the U.S. got rid of the radical Muslim “Taliban” government of Afghanistan and helped the country set up a different government. This brought new hope, but Afghanistan still does not have freedom of religion. The Taliban still tries to force their radical form of Islam on others.

More than 95 percent of the people in Afghanistan are Muslims. Radical Muslim Taliban soldiers ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. Under Taliban rule, music, television, games, and videos were against the law. Afghanistan is still a very Muslim nation, with about 48,000 mosques. (A mosque is a Muslim place of worship.) Some Afghans learn about Jesus through radio programs that are broadcast from other countries.

If someone in Afghanistan says they are a follower of Jesus, they risk serious persecution. Even family members and neighbors may attack them.

Radical Muslims do not want missionaries and Christian workers who share their faith with Muslims to come to Afghanistan. They have kidnapped Christians who came to Afghanistan to help people.