Afghanistan
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
February 7-8
Asia
Factbook

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6 Women in the cities have been severely repressed by the Taliban regime

7 Christian aid ministries

8 The need for the Scriptures

9 The Media

a) GRN(LRI) has made audio recordings in 38 languages and dialects but means for effective distribution and use are, humanly-speaking, virtually non-existent in Afghanistan

b) Christian radio

c) The JESUS film is available in Brahui, Dari, Pashto, Tajik, Turkmen and Uzbek, but its use inside Afghanistan is difficult at the present time

d) Literature

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Politics

The monarchy was overthrown in 1973.

Religion

The Taliban take-over of the country has imposed the strictest interpretation of Islam in the world today.

Religions Population % Adherents Ann.Gr.
Muslim 97.89 22,241,015 +2.9
Parsee 1.50 340,806 +2.9
Hindu 0.35 79,521 +0.2
Traditional ethnic 0.10 22,720 +2.9
Baha’i 0.10 22,720 n.a.
Christian 0.02 3,000 n.a.
Sikh 0.02 4,544 +2.9
non-Religious 0.01 2,272 +2.9

Geography


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Area 652,225 sq.km. Dry and mountainous, but with fertile valleys.

Population (2000) 22,720,000 +2.93%AGR

Capital Kabul 2,700,000.

Peoples

Indo-Iranian 86.8%.

Turkic-speaking 10.7%.

Other 2.5%.

Literacy 10-31% (much lower for women). Official languages Pashto (used by 50% of population), Dari (Afghan Persian, 35%). All languages 50. Languages with Scriptures 2NT 3por.

Economy

Shattered by 22 years of war. HDI n.a. Public debt 95% of GNP. Income/person $250 (0.8% of USA).

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