Afghanistan | SAT-7

History

Modern day Afghanistan came into being in 1747, when local Pashtun tribes united to fight for independence from the Persian Empire.  The 19th and 20th centuries saw Afghanistan under British rule. Afghanistan fought numerous wars against the British during this time, resulting in the signing of the Rawalpindi Agreement in 1919, which recognised the independence of Afghanistan as a nation.

Afghanistan is an ethnically diverse country of many tribes and ethnic groups, the largest of which are the Pashtuns and the Tajiks.  The capital city is Kabul, and the two official languages are Pashto and Dari Persian.

Government

Since the late 1970s, Afghanistan has experienced a continuous state of war, including major occupations in the forms of the 1979 Soviet invasion, a Pakistani military intervention in support of the Taliban in the late 1990s and the October 2001 US-led invasion that overthrew the Taliban government.  The rule of interim governments and elections continue to be disrupted by the violence, but the country is led by President Karzai, who was elected democratically in 2001.

Social Issues

Afghanistan’s population is an estimated 29 million.  The country has one of the world’s lowest average life expectancies of 45 years.1  According to the Human Development Index, Afghanistan is the second least developed nation in the world.  UNICEF estimates that 80% of females and 50% of males lack access to education centres. The national literacy rate is 34%, although just 10% for females.

SAT-7 Viewership

Data is not available, although in 2011 SAT-7 received over 600 responses from viewers in Afghanistan to its Dari and Farsi language programmes.

Religion

Islam is the state religion and conversion from Islam is illegal.  Specific figures for the Christian population in Afghanistan do not exist, as most Christians practise in private to avoid persecution and social pressure.  The estimated Christian population ranges from 500-8000, according to various International Church-affiliated humanitarian groups in the area.2

Prayer Points

  1. Pray for a unified Afghan effort towards rebuilding their country.
  • Pray for increased tolerance towards Christianity within Afghanistan, so that believers may worship openly and freely.

“Dear SAT-7.  I accepted Christianity and now I am a disciple of this religion but I have a big problem with my family.  They don't agree with my faith and they’ve said that they will never accept me as a member of the family.  I am in a really difficult situation and I need your help.”  Raziq from Afghanistan

1 CIA World Factbook | 2. MECO

CHANNELS IN AFGHANISTAN

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"I have Christian roots and it makes me really happy that I’m able to watch a Christian channel without any problem. So I’m tuning in and watching from early each morning in order to understand Christianity. What better way to spend your retirement could there be? Thank you so much. "

Retired teacher in Turkey

"I started to read the Bible and to watch SAT-7 PARS. Gradually I felt some difference in my heart and realised that I love God. This even changed my mind on emigrating. Therefore I stayed in Iran and now I am one of your viewers. Your programmes are the only source I have to build my faith."

A viewer in Tehran

""Dear brothers and sisters, I live in Azerbaijan and I am the only Christian where I live. I really like this channel and it encourages me so much. May God keep blessing you." "

SAT-7 TÜRK viewer

"SAT-7 reaches our family in this desert to give us hope where there is none. Our kids know Jesus through you and the miracles he is doing... Through this small TV screen, you reach our heart, we hear the news of Heaven and you give us relief, we feel home where we don't feel it and know we have a Big family in Christ, caring and praying and working."

A family in Saudi Arabia

"I send my deepest thanks and appreciation to every person who works in this channel that has changed my life from zero to 360 degrees towards God. "

SAT-7 ARABIC viewer in Egypt

"I am touched by the sermons that I’m watching every Friday. I’m not able to go to church but God has opened a door for me to attend a church service in my house every week! I never thought that one day I would see bold Algerians worshipping the Lord and not afraid to be shown on TV."

An Algerian viewer

"My family and I came to Christ and we are big fans and regular viewers of SAT-7. God bless you."

Man from Morocco

"I would like to thank each one who works on my favourite channel, SAT-7. You are the source of blessing to my life. I pray that the Lord bless you and use you more for His glory."

A Syrian woman

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Student in Turkey

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An Iranian viewer

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A viewer of 'Just for You'

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Male viewer, Morocco

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Parent in Egypt

"Although I am not a Christian, because of you I am becoming closer to God."

Viewer in Kuwait

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A woman from Saudi Arabia

"I'm Maya, 3 and a half years old from Amman, watching your bedtime story every night and can't go to bed before listening to your stories. Mama also watching with me."

From a young child in Jordan