Daykundi Province

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A U.S. Apache shooting flares over a valley in the Daykundi Province in April 2012.
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Map of Afghanistan with Daikundi highlighted
Coordinates: 33°45′N66°15′E / 33.75°N 66.25°E / 33.75; 66.25 Coordinates: 33°45′N66°15′E / 33.75°N 66.25°E / 33.75; 66.25
CountryFlag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan
Capital Nili
  Governor Sayed Anwar Rahmati
  Total18,088 km2 (6,984 sq mi)
 (2021) [2]
Time zone UTC+4:30 (Afghanistan Time)
ISO 3166 code AF-DAY
Main languages Dari (Hazaragi dialect)

Daykundi (Dari/Pashto: دایکندی), also spelled as Daikundi, Daikondi or Dai Kundi, is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan, located in the central part of the country. It has a population of about 516,504, [3] which is a Hazara Province.


Daykundi Province falls into the traditionally ethnic Hazara region known as the Hazarajat and the provincial capital is Nili. It is surrounded by Bamyan Province in the northeast, Ghazni Province in the southeast, Urozgan Province in the south, Helmand Province in the southwest, and Ghor Province in the northwest.


Daykundi was established on March 28, 2004, when it was created from the isolated Hazara-dominated northern districts of neighboring Oruzgan province.

Development and security

The province maintains its own security through the Afghan police and military. [4]

While the Government of Afghanistan, NGOs, the United Nations, and NATO's ISAF forces have had little involvement in reconstruction in the province, there have been some initiatives. Following heavy rainfall and flooding in February 2007 the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) opened a sub-office in the province [5] and Oxfam, one of the few NGOs operating in the province, described UNAMA's input into coordinating flood relief as impressive. [5]

In November 2007 a World Food Programme convoy carrying mixed food aid was forced to abandon its mission due to security concerns and Afghanistan's Interior Ministry confirmed that Taliban insurgents had infiltrated the southern district of Kajran in a bid to destabilise the province. On 11 November 2007 Afghan forces launched a military operation to drive out the insurgents. [6]

The United States began building new government institutions in the province. The insurgency problem and shortage of food continued until 2012. Several government officials have warned in October 2012 that "If the government or NGOs (non-governmental organization) do not address the situation with proper assistances, Daikundi would witness many deaths this winter." [7] In the meantime, a rebel leader along with his 150 fighters joined the government-initiated peace drive in Nili, capital of Daikundi province. [8]


In June 2015, Masooma Muradi was chosen as the Governor of Daikundi Province. The provincial Police Chief, who leads the regular Afghan National Police (ANP), is responsible for all law enforcement activities. The Police Chief represents the Ministry of the Interior in Kabull.

After Masuma Moradi was chosen as governor there came Engineer Mahmoud Baligh; and in December 2018 Sayed Aala Rahmati.


Daikundi has a lot of famous writers, researchers, artists, athletes, authors, story writers, for example:


There are four radio stations in Daykundi: Sadaye Nili, Nasim, Aftab and Milli Radio.


As of 2020, the total population of Daykundi province is estimated to around 516,504, [3] which is mostly a rural tribal society. The ethnic Hazaras make up the majority of the total population of the province. All the inhabitants follow Islam, with Shi'as the majority and Sunnis as the minority. Languages spoken in the province include Dari or Hazaragi.


Daikundi province has 9 districts: Nili, Sangi Takht, Khadir, Ishtarlay, Miramor, Shahristan, Kajran, Kiti, and Pato. Gizab District used to be in Daykundi, but moved to Urozgan. [9]

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Ethnolinguistic groups of Afghanistan
Men of Daykundi province in 2009 The Hazara people of Daykundi in September 20, 2009.jpg
Men of Daykundi province in 2009
Districts of Daykundi Province
DistrictCapitalPopulation [10] AreaNumber of villages and ethnic groups
Ashtarlay 62,2441,360 km2343 villages. Hazaras [11]
Kijran 37,7101,886 km2Hazaras [11]
Khedir 54,3681,583 km2294 villages. Hazaras [11]
Kitti 57,421887 km2196 villages. Hazaras [11]
Miramor 87,5262,363 km2326 villages. Hazaras [11]
Nili Nili 43,580445 km2165 villages. Hazaras [12]
Sang Takh 60,0741,945 km2Hazaras [11]
Shahristan 82,1521,963 km2290 villages. Hazaras [11]


Agriculture is the main industry of the province. It is well known for its high-quality almonds, which are distributed throughout Afghanistan.

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