Climate Arid to semiarid; cold winters and hot summers
Terrain: mostly rugged mountains; plains in north and southwest
Environment Issues: limited natural freshwater resources; inadequate supplies of potable water; soil degradation; overgrazing; deforestation (much of the remaining forests are being cut down for fuel and building materials); desertification; air and water pollution in overcrowded urban areas
Languages: Afghan Persian or Dari (official) 77% (Dari functions as the lingua franca), Pashto (official) 48%, Uzbek 11%, English 6%, Turkmen 3%, Urdu 3%, Pashayi 1%, Nuristani 1%, Arabic 1%, Balochi 1% (2017 est.) note: the Turkic languages Uzbek and Turkmen, as well as Balochi, Pashayi, Nuristani, and Pamiri are the third official languages in areas where the majority speaks them
Government Type: presidential Islamic republic
URGENT is engaged in the following activities within Afghanistan:
- Church Planting
- Humanitarian Efforts
Afghanistan is one of the least reached countries in the world. There are 48,000 mosques but not a single church building. Pray for the unreached peoples of this land.
- Pray for appropriate and expedient solutions to ongoing threats of violence.
- Pray for Afghans who are seeking Truth to boldly embrace a new identity in Christ.
- Pray for protection over Afghan believers and perseverance despite suffering.
- Security Tier: 1
- Religion: Muslim
- Engagement Scale: 2
34.5553° N, 69.2075° E
(1=High to 50=Low)