Pray for: Afghanistan

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Asia
Capital: Kabul
Population: 39,835,428
% Urban: 26.3 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 42 %
Official Language: Pashtu (used by 50% of population), Dari (Afghan Persian, used by 70%)
Languages: 41
Literacy Rate: 32 %
HDI Ranking: 169 / 189
% Christian: 0.1 %
% Evangelical: 0 %
Largest Religion: Muslim
% Largest Religion: 99.9 %
People Groups: 77
Least Reached People Groups: 67
% Unevangelized: 81 %
Persecution Ranking: 2 / 50

Afghanistan

Title: Afghanistan

Tier: 1

Type: country

The upheaval of the last 40 years reduced the country to ruin and destitution. War led to over 1 million deaths, and left up to 4 million orphans. Most people live in poverty, with little employment opportunity. 60% of Afghans are under age 20, and have only known life with war. The more stable areas see some economic progress, even though the country still suffers from a degree of conflict. Pray that the Afghan people might experience genuine freedom and a better quality of life.

Afghanistan

Title: Afghanistan

Tier: 1

Type: country

The status of women deserves special prayer. The Taliban largely banned them from public life. Numerous women die in childbirth in Afghanistan because many cannot receive healthcare from male doctors. Female literacy is under 30% (half of male literacy rates), and one-third of women suffer from violence. Widows face very difficult circumstances, and suicide is common. Special radio programmes share with women from the Bible, about the love and value God holds for them. Pray for justice and freedom from gender-based oppression, and especially that women might find the true freedom that comes only through Christ.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.