Life in Afghanistan has reached intolerable levels after the Taliban took control of the nation at the end of last year, especially for women and children. This is just one of the reasons why Ruth (not her real name), has been working with BTJ to provide clandestine support to women and children on the ground inside Afghanistan for the last six months.
For the past year, BTJ has been providing aid to Afghanistan through four different routes, but starting this year, Ruth has taken charge and has been bravely leading the primary efforts.
For security reasons, Ruth’s real name, the area that she lives in, and the type of work that she is doing cannot be shared, but she has been on the frontlines, challenging the Taliban’s control and providing aid to those who need it most.
According to the new Taliban laws that were enacted when they took control last year, Ruth is not permitted to leave her home, engage in independent business, or lead aid efforts, but that is not stopping her. Against the advice of her friends and family, she is sneaking out of her home, clandestinely obtaining the aid items provided by BTJ and bringing it to those in need.
Ruth has not stopped there. To document the atrocities that are taking place, she has been sending daily photos and videos of the situation. “We have not been able to leave our home for several months,” Aina (not her real name) says as she holds her baby in one of the videos. “If the [Taliban] finds out that we are hiding here, we will be in trouble. We have no money, no jobs, and no food to survive.”
Aina does not know where her husband is. He ‘disappeared’ when the Taliban took control of the country and now, she lives every day in fear for her life and the life of her child. We praise the Lord for Ruth’s work on the ground with BTJ. She is risking her life every day to provide aid to people like Aina.
Please continue to pray for Ruth and the people of Afghanistan.
All donations made to Disaster Relief fund during the month of May will go to help feed the people of Afghanistan.