Pashtun, Northern in Chile

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Introduction / History

Passionate is a word that well describes much about the Pashtun tribes, who originated in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They are said to love or hate with equal intensity, displaying fierce loyalty to friends, yet defending the right of badal (revenge or blood feuds) where enemies are concerned. An old proverb reveals much, "He is no Pashtun who does not give a blow for a punch." Thus, it is no surprise that the infamous Taliban fighters of Afghanistan are almost all Pashtun.

Perhaps in Chile, the Pashtuns will find common ground with the Chileans, who were traditionally the toughest fighters in Latin America. Chile has become a peaceful, prosperous nation, so perhaps the Pashtuns can learn from the Chileans how to make that essential transition.

Where Are they Located?

The vast majority of the Pashtuns still live in either Afghanistan or Pakistan, but since 1979, there has been a large number moving to safer parts of the world like Santiago, Chile.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Afghan refugees are given job training when they arrive in Chile so they can become gainfully employed. Many now work as truck drivers, salesmen, or in retail businesses.

Though it is difficult, Pashtuns around the world want their young adults to marry a Pashtun from Pakistan or Afghanistan. Usually when a Pashtun lives outside their homeland for an extended period of time their expectations for marriage and family life changes.

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 Chile.

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 God to call Chilean believers to reach out to the Muslim Pashtun community.
* Pray that God will encourage and protect the small number of Pashtun believers wherever they live.
* Ask God to soften the hearts of the Pashtun 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 Chile.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Pashtun, Northern
People Name in Country Pashtun, Northern
Population in Chile 4,600
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 Chile
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Chile
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Pashto, Northern (4,600 speakers)
Language Code pbu   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Other People Groups Speaking Pashto, Northern
Primary Language Pashto, Northern (4,600 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
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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
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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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