On behalf of the Afghan Society of New Mexico (ASNM), we would like to welcome you to our website. ASNM is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in April of 1998. ASNM does not affiliated with any local or international corporation or political movement. We do not discriminate against, nor differentiate between ASNM members based on their gender, language or tribal differences. We are pleased to announce that our members embody Afghans from various provinces in Afghanistan.
Be sure to review our brief History of Afghanistan at a Glance
ASNM was first established with the participation of 45 families. There are now more than 58, including over 200 members. We consider ourselves strong yet still growing. Muslims youth under the age of 30 represent 40 percent of Muslims in the United States, yet they are not involved. ASNM members resemble a large family unit that synergistically works to benefit each other and the community. Our attempt to involve and empower our youth is our top priority. We aim to use effective communication as our important tool. Our goal is to share in the joy of our culture and assist one another with today's trials and tribulations, therefore we make ourselves available as a whole community when an Afghan family needs aid or is new to our area.
ASNM will traditionally provide a financial donation to refugee families from Afghanistan as well as assistance in searching for housing and medical facilities when they first arrive in Albuquerque. We have provided translators for our Afghan families when needed with government organizations such as Immigration and Naturalization services (INS). New families moving to Albuquerque have always received a warm welcome from us. If nothing else we will always be available for advice and emotional support for our community. A family participates in its member's times of joy and sadness; ASNM strives to assist our community in such a way.
We may not be a sizeable community as of yet, but our ideologies and goals are not limited by our size. We intend to promote the heritage of Afghanistan and direct our attention toward the Afghan youth in New Mexico. We may be far from Afghanistan in distance but we continue to embrace our attractive culture.
Conventional Long Name
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Conventional Short Name
Local Long Name
Jomhuri-ye Eslami-ye Afghanestan
Southern Asia, north and west of Pakistan, east of Iran
slightly smaller than Texas
border countries: China 76 km, Iran 936 km, Pakistan 2,430 km, Tajikistan 1,206 km, Turkmenistan 744 km, Uzbekistan 137 km
29,928,987 (July 2005 est.)
34 provinces (velayat, singular - velayat); Badakhshan, Badghis, Baghlan, Balkh, Bamian, Daykondi, Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Ghowr, Helmand, Herat, Jowzjan, Kabol, Kandahar, Kapisa, Khowst, Konar, Kondoz, Laghman, Lowgar, Nangarhar, Nimruz, Nurestan, Oruzgan, Paktia, Paktika, Panjshir, Parvan, Samangan, Sar-e Pol, Takhar, Vardak, and Zabol
652,000 sq km
251,737 sq miles
Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek, Aimak, Turkmen, Baloch, others
Sunni Muslim 80%, Shi'a Muslim 19%, other 1%
Afghan Persian or Dari (official) 50%, Pashtu (official) 35%, Turkic languages (primarily Uzbek and Turkmen) 11%, 30 minor languages (primarily Balochi and Pashai) 4%, much bilingualism