22 CHRISTIANS TO BE EXECUTED IN AFGHANISTAN?

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There is a text message regularly sent out in various parts of the world, which often resurfaces on an annual basis. The message has two standard forms:

1) that 22 Christian families have been abducted in Afghanistan and are about to be executed

2) that 22 Christians are about to be beheaded in Afghanistan

THIS IS UNTRUE!

 The ‘hoax’ has been debunked on Snopes.com, a website that lists and explains all hoaxes regularly doing the rounds. According to them, the story is a distorted version of this event:

“On 19 July 2007, 23 church workers from South Korea were taken hostage by the Taliban. Two of their number were executed, with the remaining 21 eventually released after the South Korean government reportedly paid $20 million for their freedom. The Koreans had been singularly incautious, traveling unescorted by bus through an area of Afghanistan frequently singled out by the Taliban and highway robbers.”

If the text message had any truth, it would be splashed over mainstream media. The lives of Christians in Afghanistan are always at risk, and they do need our prayers, but it is important for us to know what is real and what is not.

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