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TRUMP’S NEW PLAN HELP OR HURT CHRISTIANS IN AFGHANISTAN?

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President Trump declared his new plan for Afghanistan last night, in his initially televised speech since February. Vowing to address strategies concentrated more vigorously on addressing the terrorist threat than “nation-building,”. Trump’s plan includes an influx of more troops, not less.

“I share the American people’s frustration,” Trump said. “I also share their frustration over a foreign policy that has spent too much time, energy, money—and, most importantly, lives—trying to rebuild countries in our own image instead of pursuing our security interests above all other considerations.”

TRUMP’S NEW PLAN HELP OR HURT CHRISTIANS IN AFGHANISTAN

With a score of 89 points, Afghanistan positions 3 on the World Watch List (WWL) 2017. In WWL 2016, Afghanistan positioned 4 with a score of 88 points. The weight on Christians is at an outrageous level over all circles of life. Savagery still scores exceedingly and is at a level equivalent to the WWL reporting period.

By what method will Trump’s plan affect Christians in Afghanistan? It’s a critical question, yet one that complex and needs proper context.

Converts from a Muslim background (MBBs) are the only World Watch List category of Christians that exist in Afghanistan. Expatriate Christians are not included in the report as they are so few, so protected and so isolated that they are hardly impacted by the country’s situation. Muslim Background Believers make an effort not to be found by family, friends, neighbors or the wider community. depending upon the family, they may even need to fear for their lives. For them, living openly as a Christian is basically impossible and as indicated by reports even shops or different business have been annihilated just on the negligible doubt that somebody may be a convert.

How Did Christians Get There?

Early history: Christianity may have reached Afghanistan by the 2nd century AD. As indicated by transitions passed on by Eusebius of Caesarea (260-339 AD), the apostles Thomas and Bartholomew brought the gospel to Parthia and Bactria, which includes the present north-western Afghanistan. The congregations which grew up formed into the Nestorian Church and Afghan cities like Herat, Kandahar and Balkh became bishopric seats. In the 13th century, a Christian ruler converted to Islam and became Sultan, which led to a decline of Christianity and was nearly completely extinguished by the reign of Timur in 1405.

In the seventeenth century, Armenian merchants came to Kabul and in time a little Christian community developed , however this Armenian community was compelled to leave the nation by 1871. Endeavors at building a Protestant church in Kabul arrived at an end in 1973. Today, Christianity has been pushed underground totally. It is claimed that in the basement of the Italian embassy, there is still a legally recognized church, the only in the country. But it is not publically accessible and therefore only serves expat Christians.

History of Violence

Afghanistan has been an unstable district for quite a long time. It was managed by Persians and picked up freedom as a state in 1709. The north-western piece of the nation is called “Khorasan,” a term which gained prominence in January 2015 when militants pledged allegiance to the “Islamic State” (IS), announcing the introduction of a “caliphate of Khorasan.” Those militants are battling Afghan government troops in the north-eastern part of the nation and attacking Muslim minorities like the Shia Hazara. In a rush of assaults in July, August and October 2016, both the Taliban and the ISIS made showcases of their energy.

The biggest challenges for Afghanistan

The dire security situation
The huge influx of refugees sent back by Pakistan and Iran
The increase in opium production which is known to fund armed militant groups and foster corruption, thus fuelling the persecution engines Islamic oppression and Organized crime and corruption, which in turn affects the small and deeply hidden Christian communities
The war in Afghanistan is our longest-running war in U.S. history, and the end isn’t in sight. Will Trump’s new plan help or hurt secret believers in the region? It depends on many complex factors, but if the war in Iraq and Syria is any indicator, the rise in power of terrorist networks is one of the most dangerous ingredients to Christian persecution in the region.

And, as Trump points out, “A hasty withdrawal will create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al-Qaeda, would instantly fill.” And, it’s quite possible he could be right.

However, what’s desperately required for Christians in Afghanistan is stability within the country. Will more troops bring this? It’s impossible, yet they could fight off the quick development of terror networks and keep things at a stand for the short-term.