Sanglechi in Afghanistan


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Introduction / History

The Sanglechi people are very proud of their unique culture and language. The vast majority live in one city: Ishkashim. This is in high elevation at the southern tip of Tajikistan on the Afghanistan border on the west end of the Wakhan Valley. They also live in Afghanistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Sanglechi people are hospitable to foreigners and most speak Russian or Tajik.
Their lives are largely agrarian, although some hold urban jobs. Many of the men seek employment in Russia. The women dress very modestly with long dresses and head scarves. They live in clay-block houses and drink much tea. For breakfast they may have bread in a bowl of tea-milk with butter.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Their spiritual lives can best be described as Islam mixed with Zoroastrianism and traditional beliefs. They claim all their beliefs are part of Muslim culture. Secular humanism affects some of them.


What Are Their Needs?

Their greatest need is for God-honoring messengers to bring them the gospel. As it stands, they have few if any chances to hear there is a savior.


Prayer Points

Pray for Christ-centered fellowships among the Sanglechi people of Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
Pray for the people to come to an understanding of the gospel and embrace the only savior.
Pray for Sanglechi elders and family leaders to have dreams and visions of the risen Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Sanglechi in Afghanistan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Sanglechi
People Name in Country Sanglechi
Alternate Names Eshkashimi; Ishkashimi
Population this Country 3,100
Population all Countries 5,200
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 14727
ROP3 Code 108647
ROP25 Code 307220
ROP25 Name Sanglechi
Country Afghanistan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Badakhshan province: Zebok district, Dashte Rubat, Esketul, Faruq, Flaxmadek, Sar-Sanglech, and Takya villages in Sanglech valley.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Afghanistan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Badakhshan province: Zebok district, Dashte Rubat, Esketul, Faruq, Flaxmadek, Sar-Sanglech, and Takya villages in Sanglech valley..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Sanglechi in Afghanistan Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Shia
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Sanglechi (3,100 speakers)
Language Code sgy   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Sanglechi (3,100 speakers)
Language Code sgy   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Sanglechi

Primary Language:  Sanglechi

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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