History of JMJ in Afghanistan

The fire of the Spirit crossing the frontiers:

Afghanistan is an Islam Country. Talibans ruled this country till 2001, this country experienced many wars, conflicts and blood shed. More than 1 million Afghans were killed, six millions moved to neighbouring countries as refugees, and another two millions, internally displaced. The once prosperous and fertile Afghanistan now remains shattered and battered. Afghanistan is an area of 6,52,000 square kilometers with a population of 27.2 millions among whom are 5 millions living as refugees in Pakistan and Iran. Only 12% of the land is under cultivation while 75% of the land is considered as wasteland.

Available for liberation towards fullness of life:

The invitation of the Jesuits for JMJ Sisters to set foot in the Islamic republic of Afghanistan came as a bolt from the blue. We share the nationís dream of transformation, especially to bring the marginalized groups such as the Hazaras, the Kutchis, women and children into the mainstream of development.

Our three pioneers started their journey on 17th May 2007 at 7.00 a.m. and reached in the land of Afghanistan, a land of contrasts filled with mountains, extensive green plains and valleys, summer - dry and very hot, winter - very cold with heavy snow falls.

A shared mission of the uplift and empowerment of the people of Afghanistan in and through networking - collaboration with JRS to foster health care, promote the advancement of education and knowledge and to network with social and professional organizations at various levels.

The mission in Afghanistan was discontinued in the year 2008 due to the threat and political reasons prevailing there.

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