Map of Afghanistan with Daikundi highlighted
|• Governor||Sayed Anwar Rahmati|
|• Total||18,088 km2 (6,984 sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||AF-DAY|
|Main languages||Dari (Hazaragi dialect)|
Daykundi (Persian: دایکندی) sometimes spelled as Daikundi, Dāykondī, Daikondi or Daykundi, is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan, located in the central part of the country. It has a population of about 723,980, 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.
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 and Oxfam, one of the few NGOs operating in the province, described UNAMA's input into coordinating flood relief as impressive.
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.
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." In the meantime, a rebel leader along with his 150 fighters joined the government-initiated peace drive in Nili, capital of Daikundi province.
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:
- Sarwar Danish: lawyer, politician, who is second vice president of Afghanistan
- Hussain Sadiqi: an athlete who won in some competition in world,
- Shakardokht Jafari: who is innovative in medical science,
- Sahra Karimi: Movie maker,
- Ali Payam: story writer, researcher, journalist, and lawyer, who has written and has published 27 books which contain fictions, law, politic and governance, folklore.
- Hamza Waeezi: writer
- Kawa Ayric: Drama writer
- Zahra Mahmoodi: Former Captain of Afghanistan Women's National Football Team
- Hosain Haidarbigi
- Ali Najafi
- Sakina Mohammadi
There are four radio stations in Daykundi: Sadaye Nili, Nasim, Aftab and Milli Radio.
The total population of Daykundi province is estimated to around 723,980, which is multi-ethnic and mostly a rural tribal society. The ethnic Hazaras make up 90% of the total population of the province followed by Pashtuns at 6.5%, Balochs 3.5%. All the inhabitants follow Islam, with Shi'as the majority and Sunnis as the minority. Languages spoken in the province include Dari, Hazaragi, Pashto, and Balochi.
Daikundi province has 10 districts: Nili (central of the province), Sangtakhst and Bandar, Khidir, Ashtarlay, Miramor, Shahrestan, Kejran, Kiti, so lately adds "Pato" and "Nawamish" to Daikondi.
|District||Capital||Population||Area||Number of villages and ethnic groups|
|Ashtarlay||88,340||1,360 km2||343 villages. 100% Hazara.|
|Kijran||73,800||1,886 km2||Mostly Balochs|
|Khedir||83,400||1,583 km2||294 villages. 100% Hazara.|
|Kitti||64,900||887 km2||196 villages. 36% Hazara and Baloch, 10% Mika, 18% Mir, 14% Zerger, 10% Sadat (Sayyid), and 17% others.|
|Miramor||88,400||2,363 km2||326 villages. 100% Hazara.|
|Nili||Nili||95,340||445 km2||165 villages. 100% Hazara.|
|Sang Takh||95,000||1,945 km2||100% Hazara.|
|Shahristan||72,450||1,963 km2||290 villages. 100% Hazara.|
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- Nili District
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