Country: Afghanistan

Number of People Groups

72

People Groups Unreached

67 (93.1%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

36,278,000

Population in Unreached

36,259,000 (99.9%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

0.1%

% Evangelical

0.03%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

0.0%
(Global Rate = 2.6%)
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
Est. Workers
Needed *
 Afghan, Tajik 9,900,000 10,293,000 Dari Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 198 
 Afshari 14,000 385,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.04 % 0.04 %
 Aimaq 1,506,000 1,737,000 Aimaq Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 30 
 Americans, U.S. 12,000 190,729,000 English Christianity 84.50 % 30.00 % -
 Ansari 2,300 16,449,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Arab, Tajiki 17,000 18,000 Arabic, Tajiki Spoken Islam 0.20 % 0.20 %
 Arora (Hindu traditions) 1,400 4,069,000 Saraiki Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Baloch, Western 441,000 1,229,000 Balochi, Western Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
Bania (Muslim traditions) 6,100 6,100 Urdu Islam 0.23 % 0.20 %
 Brahmin 3,500 63,684,000 Urdu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Brahui 304,000 2,906,000 Brahui Islam 0.10 % 0.10 %
 British 1,100 52,418,000 English Christianity 72.00 % 6.00 % -
 Changar 2,900 345,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Chitrali, Kho 9,500 37,000 Khowar Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Darwazi, Badakhshani 15,000 15,000 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Afghan Sign Language Islam 0.05 % 0.00 %
 Garwi, Kohistani 1,800 1,800 Kalami Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 German 2,700 65,525,000 German, Standard Christianity 78.00 % 5.00 % -
 Gujar (Muslim traditions) 17,000 5,242,000 Gujari Islam 0.03 % 0.03 %
 Hazara 3,674,000 4,296,000 Hazaragi Islam 0.03 % 0.03 % 73 
 Ishkashimi 3,000 3,900 Ishkashimi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Italian 1,800 37,375,000 Italian Christianity 77.00 % 0.20 % -
 Karakalpak 3,100 838,000 Karakalpak Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kazakh 3,100 15,562,000 Kazakh Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Khatri (Sikh traditions) 2,600 308,000 Punjabi, Eastern Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kohistani 44,000 44,000 Kohistani, Indus Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kurd, Central 255,000 8,181,000 Kurdish, Central Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
 Kyrgyz 1,200 4,890,000 Kyrgyz Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Moghal 2,100 2,988,000 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Munji 6,600 6,600 Munji Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Mussali 3,100 2,567,000 Punjabi, Eastern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Narisati, Arandui 37,000 37,000 Gawar-Bati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Nuristani Narisati 136,000 140,000 Kati Islam 0.10 % 0.00 %
Nuristani, Ashkuni 46,000 46,000 Ashkun Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Nuristani, Grangali 11,000 11,000 Grangali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Nuristani, Kamviri 21,000 21,000 Kamviri Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Nuristani, Malakhel 3,100 3,100 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Nuristani, Prasuni 9,100 9,100 Prasuni Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Nuristani, Tregami 4,000 4,000 Tregami Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Nuristani, Waigeli 30,000 30,000 Waigali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Ormuri 3,100 3,100 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Pahlavani 3,500 3,500 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Parachi 7,600 7,600 Parachi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Parsee 2,200 162,000 Dari Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Parya, Laghmani 300 5,600 Parya Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Pashayi, Northeast 87,000 87,000 Pashai, Northeast Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Pashayi, Northwest 90,000 90,000 Pashai, Northwest Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Pashayi, Southeast 516,000 516,000 Pashai, Southeast Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 10 
 Pashayi, Southwest 114,000 114,000 Pashai, Southwest Islam 0.01 % 0.00 %
 Pashtun, Northern 2,596,000 40,684,000 Pashto, Northern Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 51 
 Pashtun, Southern 9,023,000 9,320,000 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.02 % 0.02 % 180 
 Persian 626,000 41,124,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.12 % 0.10 % 12 
 Punjabi 5,600 2,057,000 Punjabi, Eastern Islam 1.00 % 0.30 %
 Punjabi, Western 35,000 35,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.20 % 0.10 %
 Qizilbash 282,000 282,000 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Romani, Balkan 16,000 1,221,000 Romani, Balkan Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Romani, Domari 11,000 3,445,000 Domari Islam 0.02 % 0.00 %
 Russian 900 133,841,000 Russian Non-Religious 31.00 % 0.30 % -
Sanglechi 2,600 4,300 Sanglechi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Sau 4,600 4,600 Savi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Shughni 43,000 168,000 Shughni Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Shumashti 1,500 1,500 Shumashti Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sindhi 23,000 96,000 Sindhi Islam 0.08 % 0.08 %
Tangshuri 15,000 15,000 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Tirahi 5,400 5,400 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Turk 10,000 60,506,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Turkmen 2,050,000 8,426,000 Turkmen Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 40 
 Uyghur 4,600 12,128,000 Uyghur Islam 0.05 % 0.05 %
 Uzbek, Southern 4,115,000 4,152,000 Uzbek, Southern Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 82 
 Wakhi 19,000 117,000 Wakhi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Warduji 7,600 7,600 Warduji Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Wotapuri-Katarqalai 3,300 3,300 Pashto, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
  Totals:  72 36,278,000       67   0.06 % 0.03 % 756 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 95,000                
  UN Country Population (2018) 36,373,000                

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Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   36,278,000 72 67 93.1 % 36,259,000 99.9 % 0
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Afghan Sign Language afg 1 1
Aimaq aiq 1 1
Arabic, Tajiki Spoken abh 1 1
Ashkun ask 1 1
Azerbaijani, South azb 1 1 Complete Bible
Balochi, Western bgn 1 1 Bible Portions
Brahui brh 1 1 New Testament
Dari prs 8 8 Complete Bible
Domari rmt 1 1
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
Gawar-Bati gwt 1 1
German, Standard deu 1 0 Complete Bible
Grangali nli 1 1
Gujari gju 1 1
Hazaragi haz 1 1 Bible Portions
Ishkashimi isk 1 1
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Kalami gwc 1 1
Kamviri xvi 1 1
Karakalpak kaa 1 1 New Testament
Kati bsh 1 1
Kazakh kaz 1 1 Complete Bible
Khowar khw 1 1
Kohistani, Indus mvy 1 1
Kurdish, Central ckb 1 1 Complete Bible
Kyrgyz kir 1 1 Complete Bible
Munji mnj 1 1
Parachi prc 1 1
Parya paq 1 1
Pashai, Northeast aee 1 1
Pashai, Northwest glh 1 1
Pashai, Southeast psi 1 1
Pashai, Southwest psh 1 1
Pashto, Northern pbu 2 2 Complete Bible
Pashto, Southern pbt 3 3 Bible Portions
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete Bible
Prasuni prn 1 1
Punjabi, Eastern pan 3 3 Complete Bible
Punjabi, Western pnb 1 1 Complete Bible
Romani, Balkan rmn 1 1 Complete Bible
Russian rus 1 0 Complete Bible
Sanglechi sgy 1 1
Saraiki skr 1 1 New Testament
Savi sdg 1 1
Shughni sgh 1 1 Bible Portions
Shumashti sts 1 1
Sindhi snd 1 1 Complete Bible
Tregami trm 1 1
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete Bible
Turkmen tuk 1 1 Complete Bible
Urdu urd 4 4 Complete Bible
Uyghur uig 1 1 New Testament
Uzbek, Southern uzs 1 1 Bible Portions
Waigali wbk 1 1
Wakhi wbl 1 1 Bible Portions
Warduji wrd 1 1
Totals: 56 72 67   16 16 27 50 9

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.0 %)
0.1 %
Ethnic Religions
0.0 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
99.8 %
Non-Religious
0.0 %
Other / Small Religions
0.1 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.5 %
Independent
39.3 %
Orthodox
2.3 %
Other Christian
12.2 %
Protestant
18.0 %
Roman Catholic
22.8 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

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  • Church planting agencies in Afghanistan
  • Christian ministry in Afghanistan
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
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  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
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  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Afghanistan Statistics
People Groups 72
Unreached People Groups 67  (93.1%)
Population 36,278,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.4%
Population in Unreached 36,259,000  (99.9%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 756
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 0.1%
Percent Evangelical 0.0%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 0.0%
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 27%
Continent Asia
Region Central Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code AF
Official Language(s) Pashto, SouthernDari
Literacy Rate 32%
Estimated Illiterate Population 24,669,000
Persecution Ranking 2 (1=High to 50=Low OD)


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