Afghan in New Zealand

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Introduction / History

Afghans have been facing wars and mayhem since 1980, and it seems that the situation will continue indefinitely. For this reason, those who can have moved to other parts of the world like New Zealand. Afghans refers to people from the nation state we call Afghanistan, but it is made up of many Central Asian ethnic groups. The largest is the Pashtuns, also known as the Pathans. They hold the most power in Afghanistan. However, there are many from less powerful ethnic groups who have had to flee the country. For example, there are the Hazaras, who look different, and they are Shi 'ite rather than Sunni Muslim. Hazaras are often persecuted, and have to leave the country for that reason. Tajiks are another ethnic group from Afghanistan that tries to escape the ongoing violence.

Where Are they Located?

In New Zealand, you are most likely to find Afghans in Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Wellington, or Palmerston North.

What Are Their Lives Like?

As of 2000, there has been an Afghan Association of New Zealand whose goal is to help recent Afghans adjust to life in New Zealand. They are also trying to help the various Afghan communities and ethnic groups to get along with one another. Another one of their goals is to help them maintain their culture and their Islamic faith. Afghans in New Zealand are trying to start a new life, and they understand that education is important to reach that goal.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Afghans in New Zealand are Sunni Muslims except for the Hazaras who are Shi 'ite Muslim. Some are secularized, sometimes because they are disillusioned by the excesses of the Islamic religion.

What Are Their Needs?

Afghans in New Zealand need language training and opportunities to learn marketable skills in urban New Zealand.

Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual hunger leading to spiritual searching.
Pray for believers in New Zealand to reach out to the Afghans with the love and kindness of Jesus Christ.
Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to emerge among the Afghan community in New Zealand.

Scripture Prayers for the Afghani, general in New Zealand.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Afghani, general
People Name in Country Afghani, general
Natural Name Afghan
Pronunciation AHF-gahn
Population this Country 3,800
Population all Countries 744,000
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 19314
ROP3 Code 115238
Country New Zealand
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country New Zealand
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Dari (3,800 speakers)
Language Code prs   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Dari (3,800 speakers)
Language Code prs   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Dari

Primary Language:  Dari

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1974)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1982-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2008)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible Stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Dari
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 7 - Golgotha
General Bible for Children
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
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Profile Source Keith Carey  
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