Sanglechi in Afghanistan






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

This is a people very proud of their unique culture and language. However, they are quite hospitable to foreigners and are by and large fairly knowledgable in the Russian or Tajik languages.

Where Are they Located?

The vast majority live in one city: Ishkashim. This is in high elevation at the southern tip of Tajikistan on the Afghanistan border on the west end of the Wakhan Valley.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Their lives are largely agrarian; although some have other jobs in the city. Many of the men seek employment by traveling to Russia. The women dress very modestly with long dresses and head scarves. They live in clay-block houses and drink much tea. For breakfast they may have bread in a bowl of tea-milk with butter.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Islam mixed with Zoroastrianism and other traditional beliefs is the basis of their religion. However, they would claim all of their beliefs are part of Muslim culture. Secular humanism affects some of them, from the media.

What Are Their Needs?

Their greatest need is for God-honoring messengers to bring them the gospel.

Prayer Points

* Pray for people to be willing to establish churches there.
* Pray for the people to come to an understanding of the gospel.
* Pray for the believers to be able to cope with political or spiritual persecution.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-11-21
People Name General Sanglechi
People Name in Country Sanglechi
Population in Afghanistan 2,400
World Population 4,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Eshkashimi, Ishkashimi
Affinity Bloc Persian-Median
People Cluster Tajik
People Name General Sanglechi
Ethnic Code CNT24z
People ID 14727
Country Afghanistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Sanglechi: 6 villages in the Sanglech Valley. Ishkashimi: 6 villages (not in the Sanglech Valley), and most of those villages have people whose L1 is not Ishkashimi.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sanglechi (2,400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Sanglechi 2,400
For Primary Language: Sanglechi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Shia

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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