Yagnob, Yagnobi in Tajikistan

Joshua Project has identified the Yagnob only in Tajikistan






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Yagnobi people are an ethnic minority in Tajikistan. The Soviet Union forced resettlement in 1957 and 1970 from the Yagnob mountains to the semi-desert lowlands of Tajikistan. Red Army helicopters were sent to evacuate the population. Some Yagnobians died of shock in helicopters as they were moved to the plains. Yagnobians were forced into hard labor by Communist officials to work on the cotton plantations on the plains. Yagnobian ethnicity was officially abolished by the Soviet State. Through the change in climate and back-breaking work, several hundred Yagnobians died. Since 1983, families have begun to return to the Yagnob Valley.

Ministry Obstacles

There are no known Christian resources available in the Yagnobi language.

Outreach Ideas

Many of the Yagnobi people, especially the younger ones, speak the Tajiki language. There are many resources available in this language. Workers are needed to carry these resources to the Yagnobi people who speak Tajiki.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are probably no followers of Jesus among the Yagnobi tribe. But pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself, that they won't be ashamed of the Gospel, believing it is the power of God unto salvation.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Yagnobi will once again be able to flourish as they did before the Communists came. Pray for good schools, for adequate medical facilities, and employment opportunities.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Yagnob
People Name in Country Yagnob, Yagnobi
Population in Tajikistan 15,000
World Population 15,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Yagnobi
Affinity Bloc Persian-Median
People Cluster Tajik
People Name General Yagnob
Ethnic Code CNT24g
People ID 15940
Country Tajikistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Zafarabad; north of Dushanbe; Yagnob River, (the homeland) high mountain valley.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Yagnobi (15,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Yagnobi 15,000
For Primary Language: Yagnobi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Mikhael Romanyuk / Anvar Buzurukov / TSEU   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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