AFGHANISTAN - Hungry, Scared, and Desperate

Arno Froese

More than 40% of the population is living on less than one meal a day and 97% are expected to have fallen below the poverty line by the end of the year.

“As global leaders sought to economically isolate the Taliban, their policy approaches have crippled the economy, destroyed the banking sector and plunged the country into a humanitarian catastrophe that has left more than 24 million without enough food to eat each day,” Vicki Aken, Afghanistan director of the International Rescue Committee, said.

The Taliban first came to power in the 1990s after the Soviet withdrawal and ensuing civil war. They gained notoriety for publicly beheading convicted murderers and amputating the limbs of thieves. They also forced gender segregation, banned music and compelled men to grow beards.  

The decadelong war forced millions of Afghans to flee and attracted foreign fighters, including Osama bin Laden, who joined the battle against the Soviets. In 1989, the Soviets withdrew after agreeing to a peace deal. By 1996, the Taliban rose to power. 

In February 2020, then-President Donald Trump signed a peace deal with the Taliban that included the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan by May 2021. The agreement was upheld by President Joe Biden, who extended the deadline to Aug. 31. But the withdrawal was criticized for being rushed, disorganized and chaotic., 15 August 2022

Arno's Commentary

Poverty, starvation, and desperation have engulfed this nation. With a population of over 38 million, 99.7% of Afghans are Muslim by religion. They have little chance of survival, let alone developing into a civilized nation. Life expectancy stands at only 52.1 years, and per capita GDP is $2,000 annually. Worse yet, for 2020, exports were $1.48 billion, while imports for the same year were $6.9 billion.

It’s significant that the Afghan people—in this case, the religious powers—were able to withstand the Russian invasion, and later defeated the American invasion as well. Suffering and desperation are bitterly ingrained in the people of Afghanistan. But, quite obviously, the worst part is that the future looks bleak. There is virtually no chance for any military activity, as both the East and the West have painfully learned their lesson, when these power structures failed spectacularly in their attempt to change Afghanistan.

But there is good news; namely, that the living Church of Jesus Christ is present in Afghanistan, as she is in every country on planet earth. What can we do? One thing: pray for the believers in Afghanistan.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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