Andkhoy District

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Andkhoy District

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Andkhoy District
Location of the district center.
Coordinates: 36°57′N65°07′E / 36.950°N 65.117°E / 36.950; 65.117 Coordinates: 36°57′N65°07′E / 36.950°N 65.117°E / 36.950; 65.117
CountryFlag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan
Province Faryab
District Center Andkhoy
  ChiefSultan Mohammad Sanjer [1]
  Taliban Shadow JudgeMaulawi Aref
  Total381 km2 (147 sq mi)
 (2016) [3]
  Density120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+4:30 (Afghanistan Standard Time)

Andkhoy District is a district in Faryab Province, Afghanistan. The district center is Andkhoy, and there are a total of 81 villages in the district. [2] Most people farm or raise livestock in the district. The district is considered to be government-influenced, as opposed to the Taliban. [4]



AH76 connects this district to the provincial capital of Maymana and the capital of Jowzjan province, Sheberghan, among other places. [5] However, the road from Maymana to Andkhoy is currently contested by an armed group, affecting the people. [6] The road is considered one of the worst in Afghanistan. The Shirin Tagab River flows thorugh the district. [7]


The district is surrounded by five other districts: Khani Chahar Bagh, Khwaja Du Koh, Dawlatabad, Qaramqol, and Qurghan. Khwaja Du Koh is located in Jowzjan Province. [8] The district used to border Turkmenistan.


Most people are engaged in agriculture and livestock activities. The main crops are wheat, barley, maize and potatoes. There is a lack of irrigation systems, fertilizers, pesticides, and a trade center.

There is also a rug-and-carpet industry, leather factories, tailoring, and embroidery. [2]

Education, Healthcare, and Government

There are 11 schools in the district, but they are underfunded, underskilled, understaffed, and undersupplied.

The district has health centers, pharmacies, and a 20-bed hospital, but there is a lack of ambulances and trained doctors.

The Afghan Government has strong control over the area, so most people use that judicial system. However, the Taliban still appointed a shadow judge. [9] There is also widespread corruption among government officials in Andkhoy. [2]

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