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Life in Afghanistan: Farmers Make a Living in Opium

Farmers in Afghanistan grow corn, cotton, potatoes, and opium. A recent crop monitoring report completed by the United Nations found that “opium poppy cultivation hit a record level this year despite the ongoing efforts by Western countries and the Afghan government to reduce production and find alternatives for farmers.” National Public Radio (NPR) took a closer look at the circumstances of Afghan farmers that grow opium as a means of making a living, despite the dangers and disapproval that come with the crop. Read and listen to the NPR story here. Pray for the people of Afghanistan. Pray for the…

Islam in Syria: Life for the Hazara People

The story of the Hazara people group is like that of many persecuted peoples. The Atlantic recently ran a short feature on the plight of the Hazara now residing in war-torn Syria. Read the full story from The Atlantic here. The Hazara are Shia Muslims that trace their ancestry to Asia with one theory being that they descend from Mongol soldiers left behind in Afghanistan by Genghis Khan in the 13th century. They once were the majority in Afghanistan until large numbers were massacred in 1893, and today the Taliban continues to attack them. The largest number of Hazara live in Afghanistan…

Islam in Afghanistan: Villagers Rise Up Against Taliban

The uprisings against the Taliban started in early February, reports The New York Times. Villagers in Panjwai joined police forces and started ousting Taliban fighters. Nearly 100 village elders vowed at a public meeting Monday to keep the Taliban out as the new fighting season sets in, and Afghan flags are flying from rooftops in the villages, residents said. Read the full story here. The locals show pride at the uprising but concede that they will need continued government support to see the Taliban kept out permanently, though the Taliban have not given up. Says The Times, “One Taliban commander, who…

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