Pashtun, Northern in Australia

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

In the 1860s, during the days of the British Empire, the British hired Afghans and Pakistanis to take camel caravans through the deserts of Australia. These were the first Afghans to arrive in Australia. Before 1979, there were a few Afghan students in Australia, but most arrived after the Soviet invasion of their country. Afghans were arriving in larger numbers during the 1990s, and some are still coming there today.

Where Are they Located?

Afghans in Australia usually live in urban centers, especially Melbourne and Sydney. A smaller number live in Brisbane or Perth.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Pashtuns who live in Australia are usually professional people with skills in medicine, engineering, teaching, or business. They are eager to live their lives in a peaceful land without the hindrance of war and destruction.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Members of the Islamic religion are very difficult to influence. Pashtuns who decide to follow Christ are likely to be banished from their families. Consequently, there have been very few spiritual inroads among the Pashtuns wherever they live, including Australia.

What Are Their Needs?

Pashtuns need the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do: Open their eyes so they can see Jesus as he really is.

Prayer Points

* Pray for peace in the hearts of the Pashtun people in Australia.
* Pray that God will encourage and protect the small number of Pashtun believers wherever they live.
* Ask God to soften the hearts of the Pashtuns towards believers so that they will be open to the gospel.
* Pray for an unstoppable disciple making movement among the Pashtuns that will affect their communities in Australia and beyond.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Pashtun, Northern
People Name in Country Pashtun, Northern
Population in Australia 8,700
World Population 40,683,700
Total Countries 20
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Afghan, Eastern Pashto, Eastern Pathan, Khan Saheb, Khans, Musalman, Paktoons, Pashtun, Western, Pathan, Pushtun, Pushtun Afghan, Safi, Shafi, Western Pathan, पश्तून, नॉर्दर्न
People ID 14256
ROP3 Code 107909
Country Australia
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Australia
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Pashto, Northern (8,700 speakers)
Language Code pbu   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Other People Groups Speaking Pashto, Northern
Primary Language Pashto, Northern (8,700 speakers)
Language Code pbu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Pashto, Northern

Primary Language:  Pashto, Northern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1824-2010)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1895)
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
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Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Pashto, Northern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
General General Ministry Resources
General Got Questions Ministry
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
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source George Gavrus 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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