AFGHANISTAN: A letter from prison

Shoib AssadullahShoib Assadullah, a Christian who was formerly a Muslim, is facing the death penalty and is being ill-treated in prison, according to a letter dated 17 February 2011, which has been smuggled out.

Shoib writes: “My name is Shoib Said Assadullah. I am 23 years old. For the last four months I have been imprisoned in Qasre Shahi prison, Mazar-e Sharif for the crime of apostasy, which means I’ve changed my beliefs.

HOAX MESSAGE (about Afghanistan) causes confusion

Mobile phone A number of people have contacted Church in Chains to enquire about a text asking for urgent prayer for Afghanistan. This is a hoax message that has been circulating for well over a year.

The text message circulated reads as follows:
Please pray for the 22 Christian missionary families that will be executed today in Afghanistan! Please spread this fast 2 as many will pray”.

Freed Korean hostages tell of ordeal in Afghanistan

The 21 surviving South Korean Christian volunteers who were held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan for nearly six weeks have recalled how they suffered at the hands of their captors. Speaking at a press conference in Anyang after leaving hospital, Yu Jung-hwa said how she and her fellow hostages felt terrified when her captors lined them up and threatened to kill them if they did not convert to Islam.

‚ÄúAll 23 of us leaned against a wall and armed Taliban aimed their guns at us, and a pit was before me…they said they will save us if we believe in Islam. I almost fainted at the time and I still cannot look at cameras.‚Äù