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Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom ...

In the immediate aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal, he said, the plight of Christians and other religious minorities is ‘now desperate and deadly.’

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News, September 1, 2021

Lauretta BrownAs the last of the U.S. troops left Afghanistan Monday and the Taliban has taken control, many fear for the religious minorities in the country, including Christians, who are likely to be targeted for their beliefs.

Sam Brownback, a Catholic who served as U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom from 2018 to 2021 and was formerly governor of Kansas, spoke with the Register Tuesday about the threats these groups now face and some of the ways the U.S. could act to prevent what he fears could be a genocide.

What have you seen of the situation for religious minorities in Afghanistan in the past few years?

It has not been good, but now it’s desperate and deadly. The last few years, you could have a somewhat normal operation. We did have a Sikh wedding party where there were 20 people gunned down. And then a number of the Sikhs tried to leave — there weren’t many left in the country, like 600 at the time. By best estimates, now there’s just over 200. …

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