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Afghan, Tajik in Ukraine

Afghan, Tajik

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
900 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Afghan, Tajik in Ukraine

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Introduction / History
Afghanistan boasts the largest Tajik population outside their homeland to the north in Tajikistan. Comprising over one-quarter of the Afghan population, they are the second largest group in the country. Dating from the 4th century, historical evidence strongly supports their being one of the most ancient of the surviving Central Asian people groups. An old Turkish expression, "Tajik" is synonymous with "Persian." Most often they refer to themselves by the valley name of their home region rather than as Tajik.
A small number of them have left Central Asia and settled in Ukraine.

What are their lives like?
In Ukraine, the Afghan Tajiks struggle with a different language and a brutal war with Russia. Though they are small in number, they try to maintain their ancient artistic traditions such as poetry, folk tales, artwork, songs and dances in a strange land. Creative expressions include handsome carpets, ceramics, richly embroidered costumes and men's brightly colored caps and jewelry.
Tajik society is male dominated, but women have known less public restriction in the workplace and society (except under Taliban rule) than women in other Muslim groups. Their private lives are similar, however, leaning to the man's advantage. Women have no rights of inheritance.
Both Ukraine and Tajikistan were once part of the USSR. Today the Tajik government is pressured by Russia to take a pro-Kremlin stance. This situation can possibly make it awkward for Tajiks in Ukraine.

What are their beliefs?
Forcefully converted to Islam by Arabs in the 7th century, Afghan Tajiks remain almost entirely Muslim. Religious traditions dictate rituals to celebrate important life passages, including birth, marriage and death. Every day they recite memorized prayers and in some communities Tajiks practices incorporating magic, charms and animistic beliefs still have a place.

What are their needs?
Despite the strong church presence in Ukraine, the Afghan Tajiks remain solidly Muslim. They need to hear about the life-changing savior.

Prayer Points
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed Ukrainian Christ followers to take the Lord to the Muslim Afghan Tajiks.
Pray for the Afghan Tajiks to have a desire for spiritual truth, and to find it in the old rugged cross.
Pray for disciplers to make disciples of the Afghan Tajik people.


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Country: Ukraine
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Afghan, Tajik
People Name General: Afghan, Tajik
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 107989
Joshua Project People ID: 14372
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 900
Population all Countries: 12,025,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Tajik
People Name General: Afghan, Tajik
Ethnic Code: CNT24f
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Dari (900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): prs    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1974
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2008
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Afghan, Tajik in Ukraine

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Tajik     Europe, Eastern and Eurasia    
      Afghan, Tajik Ukraine    
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