Christians work to help volunteers leave Afghanistan
Many fear for the country's future as government collapses
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The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has caused widespread confusion and chaos as many try to flee and fear a second Taliban rule of violent enforcement of harsh Islamic law.
Cheryl Mann Bacon of The Christian Chronicle spoke to John and Jan Bradley, who have built schools and offered community aid in Afghanistan for over a decade. Their most urgent concern is the safety of volunteers and colleagues.
“We’re trying to get out 50 — including family members — people who work with us and their families,” John Bradley said. “That number might grow. A lot of people are contacting us. … We’re trying to help as many as we can.”
The Bradleys and their non-profit have built seven schools since they began; one is scheduled to open this week in western Afghanistan and intended to educate 1,100 girls. The Taliban has presented themselves as much more moderate than 20 years ago and insist they will allow girls to be educated — but few believe them.
“I’m an optimistic person, but I’m not real optimistic about things there. I’m trying to be realistic,” John Bradley said.
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