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:
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.