Wakhi in Afghanistan


Population
18,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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The Wakhi

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Introduction / History

The Guhjali, also known as the mountain Tajiks, are of the Tajik people cluster. They are also called the Guhiali, Khik, Vakhan, Wakhani, Wakhi, Wakhigi, or Wakhs.


Where Are they Located?

The Guhjali are found in China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, they are found in small, remote villages in the lower altitudes in the Wakhan Corridor and upper Badakshan. They mostly reside in 64 villages on the left bank of the Panj River in the Wakhan Corridor.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kirghiz live in the high mountain valleys of the area, while the Wakhi lived in the lowlands areas. Relations between the two groups are often tense, yet both groups are economically dependent on each other. The Kirghiz depend on the Wakhi for grain, while the Wakhi depend on the Kirghiz for animals. The center of the areas where they reside is Khandud. Many have scattered and are refugees now. They speak Wakhi, and Indo- Iranian language. The literacy rate is below 1%.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Guhjali are Ismaili Shi'a Muslims. Some, however, are Imami Shi'a and Sunni. There are few, if any, Christians or churches among them. There are no known groups working among them. There are Christian audio recordings available in their language.


People Name General Wakhi
People Name in Country Wakhi
Population in Afghanistan 18,000
World Population 113,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Guhjali, Khik, Vakhan, Wakhani, Wakhigi, Wakhs, गुहजली
People ID 18693
ROP3 Code 103535
Country Afghanistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 3  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Badakhshan province: Wakhan district, Panj river area to Sarhad village; Khandud village is the center. 42 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Afghanistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 3  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Badakhshan province: Wakhan district, Panj river area to Sarhad village; Khandud village is the center. 42 villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Wakhi (18,000 speakers)
Language Code wbl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Wakhi
Primary Language Wakhi (18,000 speakers)
Language Code wbl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Wakhi

Primary Language:  Wakhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (2001)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Shia Imami Ismaili
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source The World Missions Atlas Project 
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