Country: Afghanistan

Number of People Groups

72

People Groups Unreached

67 (93.1%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

38,740,000

Population in Unreached

38,723,000 (100.0%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

0.1%

% Evangelical

0.02%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

0.0%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
 Afghan, Tajik 10,585,000 10,986,000 Dari Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 212
 Afshari 15,000 393,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.04 % 0.04 % 1
 Aimaq 1,595,000 2,086,000 Aimaq Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 32
 Americans, U.S. 10,000 192,802,000 English Christianity 84.50 % 30.00 % -
 Ansari 2,400 16,505,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arab, Tajiki 18,000 19,000 Arabic, Tajiki Spoken Islam 0.20 % 0.20 % 1
 Arora (Hindu traditions) 1,500 4,068,000 Saraiki Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Baloch, Western 467,000 1,274,000 Balochi, Western Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 9
Bania (Muslim traditions) 6,400 6,400 Urdu Islam 0.23 % 0.20 % 1
 Brahmin 3,700 62,714,000 Urdu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Brahui 322,000 3,171,000 Brahui Islam 0.10 % 0.10 % 6
 British 1,100 53,901,000 English Christianity 72.00 % 6.00 % -
 Changgar 3,100 366,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Darwazi, Badakhshani 16,000 16,000 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Deaf 389,000 47,601,000 Afghan Sign Language Islam 0.05 % 8
 Garwi, Kohistani 1,900 1,900 Gawri Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 German 2,900 66,334,000 German, Standard Christianity 78.00 % 5.00 % -
 Gujar (Muslim traditions) 18,000 5,419,000 Gujari Islam 0.03 % 0.03 % 1
 Hazara 3,891,000 4,664,000 Hazaragi Islam 0.03 % 0.03 % 78
 Ishkashimi 3,100 4,800 Ishkashimi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Italian 1,900 38,274,000 Italian Christianity 77.00 % 0.20 % -
 Kalash (Chitrali) 10,000 38,000 Khowar Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Karakalpak 3,200 874,000 Karakalpak Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kazakh 3,200 15,659,000 Kazakh Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Khatri (Sikh traditions) 2,700 304,000 Punjabi, Eastern Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Khik (Wakhi) 21,000 121,000 Wakhi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kurd, Central 4,000 8,058,000 Kurdish, Central Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 1
 Kyrgyz 1,300 5,669,000 Kyrgyz Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Moghal 2,300 3,097,000 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Munji 7,000 7,000 Munji Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mussali 3,200 2,440,000 Punjabi, Eastern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Narisati, Arandui 39,000 39,000 Gawar-Bati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Nuristani Narisati 144,000 188,000 Kati Islam 0.10 % 0.00 % 3
Nuristani, Ashkuni 48,000 48,000 Ashkun Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Nuristani, Grangali 11,000 11,000 Grangali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Nuristani, Kamviri 22,000 22,000 Kamviri Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Nuristani, Malakhel 3,200 3,200 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Nuristani, Prasuni 9,700 9,700 Prasuni Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Nuristani, Tregami 4,200 4,200 Tregami Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Nuristani, Waigeli 32,000 32,000 Waigali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Ormuri 3,200 3,200 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Pahlavani 3,700 3,700 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Parachi 8,100 8,100 Parachi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Parsee 2,300 153,000 Dari Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Parya, Laghmani 400 6,100 Parya Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pashayi 47,000 72,000 Kohistani, Indus Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pashayi, Northeast 92,000 92,000 Pashai, Northeast Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
Pashayi, Northwest 96,000 96,000 Pashai, Northwest Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
 Pashayi, Southeast 547,000 547,000 Pashai, Southeast Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 11
 Pashayi, Southwest 121,000 121,000 Pashai, Southwest Islam 0.01 % 0.00 % 2
 Pashtun, Northern 2,749,000 33,701,000 Pashto, Northern Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 55
 Pashtun, Southern 9,656,000 10,055,000 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.02 % 0.02 % 193
 Persian 663,000 41,809,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.12 % 0.10 % 13
 Punjabi 6,000 2,233,000 Punjabi, Eastern Islam 1.00 % 0.30 % 1
 Punjabi, Western 37,000 105,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.20 % 0.10 % 1
 Qasilbash 299,000 304,000 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 6
 Romani, Balkan 17,000 1,239,000 Romani, Balkan Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Romani, Domari 11,000 3,505,000 Domari Islam 0.02 % 0.00 % 1
 Russian 900 133,971,000 Russian Non-Religious 31.00 % 0.30 % -
Sanglechi 2,800 4,700 Sanglechi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Sau 4,800 4,800 Savi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Shughni 45,000 84,000 Shughni Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Shumashti 1,600 1,600 Shumashti Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Sindhi 24,000 128,000 Sindhi Islam 0.08 % 0.08 % 1
Tangshuri 16,000 16,000 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Tirahi 5,700 5,700 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Turk 11,000 63,323,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Turkmen 2,171,000 7,886,000 Turkmen Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 43
 Uyghur 4,800 12,350,000 Uyghur Islam 0.05 % 0.05 % 1
 Uzbek, Southern 4,358,000 4,395,000 Uzbek, Southern Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 87
Warduji 8,100 8,100 Warduji Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Wotapuri-Katarqalai 3,500 3,500 Pashto, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
  Totals:  72 38,740,000         67 0.05 % 0.02 % 812 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 188,000                
  UN Country Population (2020) 38,928,000                
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Provinces Estimated
Population
Badakhshan 1,303,000
Badghis 680,000
Baghlan 1,252,000
Balkh 1,849,000
Bamyan 612,000
Daykundi 639,000
Farah 696,000
Faryab 1,371,000
Ghazni 1,685,000
Ghor 945,000
Hilmand 1,788,000
Hirat 2,628,000
Jawzjan 743,000
Kabul 6,228,000
Kandahar 1,713,000
Kapisa 605,000
Khost 788,000
Kunar 618,000
Kunduz 1,398,000
Laghman 611,000
Logar 537,000
Nangarhar 2,096,000
Nimroz 227,000
Nuristan 202,000
Paktika 960,000
Paktya 707,000
Panjshir 210,000
Parwan 912,000
Samangan 532,000
Sari Pul 767,000
Takhar 1,061,000
Uruzgan 496,000
Wardak 817,000
Zabul 475,000
Provinces:  34 38,151,000
UN Country Population 38,928,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 287,718,000 742.7 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 765,974,000 1,977.2 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 205,728,000 531.0 % 93.5 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 114,521,000 295.6 % 81.9 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
38,740,000



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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 Translation Needed
Aimaq aiq 1 1 Translation Needed
Arabic, Tajiki Spoken abh 1 1 Translation Needed
Ashkun ask 1 1 Unspecified
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 Bible Portions
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
Gawar-Bati gwt 1 1 Translation Needed
Gawri gwc 1 1 Unspecified
German, Standard deu 1 0 Complete Bible
Grangali nli 1 1 Unspecified
Gujari gju 1 1 Unspecified
Hazaragi haz 1 1 Bible Portions
Ishkashimi isk 1 1 Unspecified
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Kamviri xvi 1 1 Translation Needed
Karakalpak kaa 1 1 New Testament
Kati bsh 1 1 Unspecified
Kazakh kaz 1 1 Complete Bible
Khowar khw 1 1 Unspecified
Kohistani, Indus mvy 1 1 Unspecified
Kurdish, Central ckb 1 1 Complete Bible
Kyrgyz kir 1 1 Complete Bible
Munji mnj 1 1 Unspecified
Parachi prc 1 1 Unspecified
Parya paq 1 1 Unspecified
Pashai, Northeast aee 1 1 Translation Needed
Pashai, Northwest glh 1 1 Unspecified
Pashai, Southeast psi 1 1 Unspecified
Pashai, Southwest psh 1 1 Translation Needed
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 Translation Needed
Punjabi, Eastern pan 3 3 Complete Bible
Punjabi, Western pnb 1 1 New Testament
Romani, Balkan rmn 1 1 Complete Bible
Russian rus 1 0 Complete Bible
Sanglechi sgy 1 1 Translation Needed
Saraiki skr 1 1 Bible Portions
Savi sdg 1 1 Unspecified
Shughni sgh 1 1 Bible Portions
Shumashti sts 1 1 Translation Needed
Sindhi snd 1 1 Complete Bible
Tregami trm 1 1 Translation Needed
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete Bible
Turkmen tuk 1 1 Complete Bible
Urdu urd 4 4 Complete Bible
Uyghur uig 1 1 Complete Bible
Uzbek, Southern uzs 1 1 New Testament
Waigali wbk 1 1 Unspecified
Wakhi wbl 1 1 Bible Portions
Warduji wrd 1 1 Translation Needed
Totals: 56 72 67   16 16 28 50 9

MAJOR 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
0.4 %
Independent
41.2 %
Orthodox
2.3 %
Other Christian
10.8 %
Protestant
16.5 %
Roman Catholic
22.2 %
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.

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  • Christian literature distribution
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Afghanistan Statistics
People Groups 72
Unreached People Groups 67  (93.1%)
Population 38,740,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.4%
Population in Unreached 38,723,000  (100.0%)
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 0.1%
Percent Evangelical 0.0%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 0.0%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 812
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 27%
Continent Asia
Region Asia, Central
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code AF
Official Language(s) Pashto, SouthernDari
Literacy Rate 32%
Estimated Illiterate Population 26,343,000
Persecution Ranking 2 (1=High to 50=Low OD)

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