‘After the Taliban killed my parents, I fled Afghanistan when I was eight years old’ – Aid to the Church in Need – ACN United States

ALI EHSANI IS A 38 -YEARS-OLD LAWYER BASED IN ITALY. After a very long and difficult journey, he arrived in Italy at age of 13; he was all alone. He had fled Afghanistan after his Christian parents were killed because of their faith. His only brother died along the way. In Afghanistan he had lived his faith in absolute secrecy. As a child, he considered himself “normal” and no different from the rest of his friends, all of whom were growing up in Muslim families. But this was not the case. Even though he was not aware of it, Ali was a Christian. His parents never spoke openly about their religion because they were afraid that he would inadvertently betray them. He remembers how his mother always set a spare place at the table at home in case someone in need came by asking for something to eat. Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) interviewed this Christian Afghan, whose life has been shaped by the aspiration to follow Christ and being persecuted for it.

‘After the Taliban killed my parents, I fled Afghanistan when I was eight years old’ – Aid to the Church in Need – ACN United States

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