After their seemingly successful retaking of the city of Kunduz, in northern Afghanistan, Taliban fighters are now going from door, forcing young boys to join them as recruits.
According to Al Jazeera’s Qais Azimy, the Taliban were “taking young boys from every family as a form of forced recruitment”.
Azimy reported that: “They are also using mosque loudspeakers to ask the people to set up Sharia law and are asking people to go about their business. They are saying that they are going to be here for a long time and ‘Come and help us bury our dead bodies’.”
On Wednesday, two days after the start of the attack on Kunduz, there was no electricity in the city, food was in short supply and the price of bread had doubled from 10 Afghanis to 20 Afghanis overnight.
There were also reports that all 10 bank branches in the city had been looted.
Kunduz residents were also saying that the Taliban had captured enough armoured vehicles from the Afghanistan security forces “to fight for months”.
Qais Azimy reports came as the airport remained the only government building in Kunduz still held by Afghanistan’s government.
- Pray for Afghanistan, as the Taliban continue to challenge the Afghan government and increase their fight to regain power and control in the country.
- Pray for the citizens of Kunduz at this time of uncertainty and fear. Pray for protection over civilians as the fighting continues.
- Pray for the Afghan Christians, to not lose hope, but know that God sees them, loves them and walks beside them.
- Pray for true freedom for Afghanistan … the freedom to know the truth of the Gospel and to worship in freedom and truth.
Isaiah 60 vs 17 – 18: “I will appoint Peace as your overseer and Righteousness as your taskmaster. Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.”