Kabul: Trapped Jesuits Risk Taliban Manhunt

Aug 18, 2021 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant:

Indian Jesuits trapped in Afghanistan are warning of a Taliban manhunt launched to track down Christian clergy and foreign aid workers in the country.

The Taliban “have the list of all organizations and their profiles” and “in some places they have started door-to-door inquiries about the personnel of the organization,” Fr. Jerome Sequeira, S.J. wrote in a desperate message sent to a private WhatsApp group Monday.

Father Sequeira (Gujarat province) and Fr. Robert C. Rodrigues, S.J. (Karnataka province) have appealed for prayer as they seek to evade the Taliban dragnet and escape to India.

Sources in Kabul said several Christian workers and Afghan converts from Islam have already received letters from the Taliban stating: “We know where you are, and we know what you are doing. We are coming for you.”

“All night they’ve been awake, texting each other, praying. They know,” the sources said.

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