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
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Afghanistan continues to be an incredibly vulnerable place for those who have come to Christ. The Taliban has maintained control in large areas of the country, making it unsafe for Christians. Should a convert to Christianity be discovered by their family, they can expect to be disowned or, in some cases, even killed. (Source: Open Doors)
Pray that the underground church in Afghanistan would flourish in the face of opposition.
Pray that God’s Spirit would give boldness to Afghan believers as they seek to share their faith.
Pray for an end to the oppressive governing authority in this nation.