Country: Afghanistan

Number of People Groups

77

People Groups Unreached

72 (93.5%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

34,054,000

Population in Unreached

34,037,000 (99.9%)

Literacy Rate

38 %

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

0.1%

% Evangelical

0.03%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
 Afghan 8,207,000 8,595,000 Dari Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
 Afshari 13,000 379,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.04 % 0.04 %
 Aimaq, Char 300,000 300,000 Aimaq Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Aimaq, Firozkohi 297,000 297,000 Aimaq Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Aimaq, Hazara 232,000 232,000 Aimaq Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Aimaq, Jamshidi 132,000 162,000 Aimaq Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Aimaq, Taimani 595,000 595,000 Aimaq Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Aimaq, Timuri 149,000 347,000 Aimaq Islam 0.02 % 0.00 %
 Americans, U.S. 12,000 190,291,000 English Christianity 84.50 % 30.00 %
 Ansari 2,200 16,203,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Arab, Tajiki 16,000 17,000 Arabic, Tajiki Spoken Islam 0.20 % 0.20 %
 Arora (Hindu traditions) 1,400 4,056,000 Saraiki Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Baloch, Western 415,000 1,191,000 Balochi, Western Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
Bania (Muslim traditions) 5,700 5,700 Urdu Islam 0.23 % 0.20 %
 Brahmin 3,300 64,033,000 Urdu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Brahui, Kur Galli 286,000 2,853,000 Brahui Islam 0.10 % 0.10 %
 British 1,000 51,834,000 English Christianity 72.00 % 6.00 %
 Changar 2,700 340,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Chitrali, Kho 8,900 36,000 Khowar Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Darwazi, Badakhshani 14,000 14,000 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Afghan Sign Language Islam 0.05 % 0.00 %
 Garwi, Kohistani 1,700 1,700 Kalami Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 German 2,600 64,354,000 German, Standard Christianity 78.00 % 5.00 %
 Guhjali, Wakhi 18,000 113,000 Wakhi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Gujar (Muslim traditions) 3,700 5,166,000 Gujari Islam 0.03 % 0.03 %
 Hazara 2,945,000 3,568,000 Hazaragi Islam 0.03 % 0.03 %
 Indus Kohistani 41,000 41,000 Kohistani, Indus Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Ishkashimi 2,800 3,600 Ishkashimi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Italian 1,700 37,782,000 Italian Christianity 77.00 % 0.20 %
 Karakalpak 2,900 873,000 Karakalpak Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kazakh 2,900 14,441,000 Kazakh Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Khatri (Sikh traditions) 2,400 309,000 Punjabi, Eastern Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kurd, Central 239,000 7,996,000 Kurdish, Central Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
 Kyrgyz 1,100 5,111,000 Kyrgyz Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Moghal 2,000 2,933,000 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Munji 6,200 6,200 Munji Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Mussali 2,900 2,536,000 Punjabi, Eastern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Narisati, Arandui 14,000 14,000 Gawar-Bati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Nuristani, Ashkuni 43,000 43,000 Ashkun Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Nuristani, Bashgali, Kati 30,000 34,000 Kati Islam 0.10 % 0.00 %
 Nuristani, Grangali 10,000 10,000 Grangali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Nuristani, Kamviri 19,000 19,000 Kamviri Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Nuristani, Malakhel 2,900 2,900 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Nuristani, Prasuni 8,600 8,600 Prasuni Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Nuristani, Tregami 3,700 3,700 Tregami Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Nuristani, Urmuri 2,900 2,900 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Nuristani, Waigeli 12,000 12,000 Waigali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Pahlavani 3,300 3,300 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Parachi 7,200 7,200 Parachi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Parsee 2,000 162,000 Dari Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Parya, Laghmani 300 5,300 Parya Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Pashayi, Northeast 81,000 81,000 Pashai, Northeast Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Pashayi, Northwest 85,000 85,000 Pashai, Northwest Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Pashayi, Southeast 193,000 193,000 Pashai, Southeast Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Pashayi, Southwest 107,000 107,000 Pashai, Southwest Islam 0.01 % 0.00 %
 Pashtun, Northern 6,629,000 44,271,000 Pashto, Northern Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
 Pashtun, Southern 6,982,000 7,313,000 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.02 % 0.02 %
 Persian 588,000 40,630,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.12 % 0.10 %
 Punjabi 5,300 2,025,000 Punjabi, Eastern Islam 1.00 % 0.30 %
 Punjabi, Western 33,000 33,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.20 % 0.10 %
 Qizilbash 265,000 265,000 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Romani, Balkan 15,000 1,249,000 Romani, Balkan Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Romani, Domari 9,900 3,340,000 Domari Islam 0.02 % 0.00 %
 Russian 800 133,741,000 Russian Non-Religious 31.00 % 0.30 %
Sanglechi 2,500 4,200 Sanglechi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Sau 4,300 4,300 Savi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Shughni 40,000 162,000 Shughni Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Shumashti 1,400 1,400 Shumashti Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sindhi 21,000 98,000 Sindhi Islam 0.08 % 0.08 %
Tangshuri 14,000 14,000 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Tirahi 5,100 5,100 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Turk 9,500 59,375,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Turkmen 1,703,000 7,826,000 Turkmen Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Uyghur 4,300 11,900,000 Uyghur Islam 0.05 % 0.05 %
 Uzbek, Southern 3,116,000 3,152,000 Uzbek, Southern Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
Warduji 7,200 7,200 Warduji Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Wotapuri-Katarqalai 3,100 3,100 Pashto, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
  Totals:  77 34,054,000       72   0.06 % 0.03 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 115,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 34,169,000              
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Bible
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Afghan Sign Language afg 1 1
Aimaq aiq 6 6
Arabic, Tajiki Spoken abh 1 1
Ashkun ask 1 1
Azerbaijani, South azb 1 1 Complete
Balochi, Western bgn 1 1 Portions
Brahui brh 1 1 NT
Dari prs 8 8 Complete
Domari rmt 1 1
English eng 2 0 Complete
Gawar-Bati gwt 1 1
German, Standard deu 1 0 Complete
Grangali nli 1 1
Gujari gju 1 1
Hazaragi haz 1 1
Ishkashimi isk 1 1
Italian ita 1 0 Complete
Kalami gwc 1 1
Kamviri xvi 1 1
Karakalpak kaa 1 1 NT
Kati bsh 1 1
Kazakh kaz 1 1 Complete
Khowar khw 1 1
Kohistani, Indus mvy 1 1
Kurdish, Central ckb 1 1 Complete
Kyrgyz kir 1 1 Complete
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
Pashto, Southern pbt 3 3 Portions
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete
Prasuni prn 1 1
Punjabi, Eastern pan 3 3 Complete
Punjabi, Western pnb 1 1 NT
Romani, Balkan rmn 1 1 Complete
Russian rus 1 0 Complete
Sanglechi sgy 1 1
Saraiki skr 1 1 NT
Savi sdg 1 1
Shughni sgh 1 1 Portions
Shumashti sts 1 1
Sindhi snd 1 1 Complete
Tregami trm 1 1
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete
Turkmen tuk 1 1 NT
Urdu urd 4 4 Complete
Uyghur uig 1 1 NT
Uzbek, Southern uzs 1 1 Portions
Waigali wbk 1 1
Wakhi wbl 1 1 Portions
Warduji wrd 1 1
Totals: 56 77 72   13 15 26 51 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
36.3 %
Orthodox
2.3 %
Other Christian
12.4 %
Protestant
18.2 %
Roman Catholic
23.1 %
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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Afghanistan Statistics
People Groups 77
Unreached People Groups 72  (93.5%)
Population 34,054,000
Population in Unreached 34,037,000  (99.9%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 730 to 835
Urbanization 26%
Continent Asia
Region Central Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code AF
Official National Language Pashto, Southern
Secondary National Language Dari
Literacy Rate 38%
Estimated Illiterate Population 21,114,000
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 0.1%
Percent Evangelical 0.0%
Country Progress Level 1
Persecution Ranking 3 (1=High to 50=Low OD)


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