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Afghanistan’s forgotten ‘gypsies’ seek legal recognition

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AFP, 8 March 2018

A very interesting article about one of Afghanistan’s most underreported minorities, the Jogi. Most of the group of 20,000 to 30,000 who are Sunni Muslims live in northern Afghanistan, many near Mazar-e Sharif. But Afghanistan’s constitution does not explicitly recognise them as Afghans, making it difficult for them to obtain a tazkira.

In 2006, the Jogi petitioned Afghanistan’s parliament for official legal recognition. But the presidential decree that would give them legal status across the country is still pending.