Afghani, general in United States

Afghani, general
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Map Source:  People Group location: US Census Bureau. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Afghani, general
Country: United States
10/40 Window: No
Population: 102,000
World Population: 918,900
Primary Language: Dari
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - Pashtun
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Ever since the USSR invaded Afghanistan in 1979 there have been waves of Afghan refugees fleeing for safety. Most of them have wound up in either neighboring Pakistan or Iran, but some have made their way to the peaceful shores of European countries. Others have gone to the United States, a nation that had troops there for 19 years.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Earlier Afghan refugees settled in places like Freemont California. In the 2020s, they are more likely to settle in small cities and towns.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Afghans in the United States are desperate to get away from the violence in their own country and to re-locate to a peaceful land. Those who have marketable skills are usually able to relocate. Those without marketable skills often get stuck in refugee camps.

What Are Their Needs?

There are three large ethnic groups in Afghanistan: The Pashtuns and Tajiks are Sunni Muslims, and the Hazaras are Shia. They are dedicated to the religious system we call Islam, though they all have their pre-Islamic beliefs as well. Many are disillusioned with Islam because it was the rallying point for the Taliban.

Prayer Points

It is not helping anyone when refugees cannot contribute to the economy of the host country. The Afghans in the United States desperately need job and language training. Others need trauma counseling after living in a war zone.

Text Source:   Joshua Project