On a dusty residential street in western Kabul, goats rummage through heaps of trash and a boy waits for a kite of colorful tissue paper caught in a tree to fall. In a safe house nearby, a man in his 30s named Najib is waiting also. He and his children—ages 9-14—have holed up here for over a week, unsure where to go next. Najib has acted the fugitive for over a month, caught in a crackdown against the country’s tiny Christian minority. After an Afghan television station in May broadcast videotape of a baptism and prayer service, Christians like Najib (not his real name) have been the target of government wrath—apparently caught in a political tug of war.

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