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Jogies life in Afghanistan; Hardship and Poverty

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Joogi Life Afghanistan

Jogis are the minority of Afghanistan who does not have their own place for living. They change locations based on weather conditions. They also have cattle accompanying them on their journeys. Their population is estimated to be up to 10, 000 across the country.

The way they live is similar to the life of the Kochi minority of the country.

Jogis are mostly based in northern and northeastern parts of the country. They change their living places in small groups as per the weather change. When they start living in a place and it gets very cold, they move to other warm areas and when it gets very hot in these areas they move back to their previous locations as the weather would have gotten better by the time.

They do not have their own graveyards like the other tribes in Afghanistan. If any of their members die during their journey, they burry him/her wherever they are.

Jogis in northern Afghanistan are talking Persian but their accent is similar to that of the Persian spoken in Tajikistan.

Jogis are also left uneducated since all of their life is on the move. They do not know about the basis of their tribe but some of their elders believe the Jogis have come to Afghanistan from Bukhara and Kolab of Tajikistan.

Jawad Sultani, an Afghan sociologist also says that the Jogis belong to Khurasaan whose life is on the move from long ago.

Their social life is also different from that of the other Afghans. Their women are the ones who are working to make money for the expanses of the house. They go out and work but their men stay at home fighting dogs or birds. This has become a culture for them.

There are three main businesses Jogi women are doing when they go out.

  1. Selling cosmetics
  2. Begging
  3. Soothsaying

Jogi people living in Kabul

Although a vast population of Jogis are based in northern and northeastern Afghanistan in recent years the numbers of Jogis have also increased in the capital Kabul. They are living a worse life in different parts of Kabul.

Chadari Foundation and Khaama Press together on the eve of 8th March, International Women Day, prepared a video report on the lives of Jogis in Kabul. The report shows that the Jogis in Kabul are living differently from those in the northern and northeastern Afghanistan. Jogis in northern and northeastern Afghanistan live in tents and based on the weather conditions they collect their tents and change their locations. But Jogis in Kabul have resembled the lives of Kabul residents. They are living in houses. But their houses are made from mud which can be easily ruined in little heavy rain or snowfall.

During the days Jogi women go out for business and return home for the nights.

According to the findings of this report, Jogis are the poorest people and going through a difficult life in Kabul.

Joogi

Jogi women are the most ill-fated category among Kabul residents. They go to the busy market places or parks for selling cosmetics, soothsaying or begging to earn money to buy food with for the night. But these forgotten women are sometimes beaten, asked for prostitution, call prostitutes or being harassed through other means.

In this report, the ill-fated live of Jogi women and their living conditions are filmed in detail.

The report has filmed an old Jogi woman as saying with an angry face that their house is leaking, they don’t have food for eating, don’t have clothes to wear and don’t have school so their children can study.

Another Jogi woman said that she withdrew her brother from school because they could not afford it. “I sent my brother to school to study but because of not having money for expenses and school dress, I discharged him back.” She said.

This young lady says she desired to study to become a doctor and then serve her family and people but the bad conditions did not let her dreams become reality.

These nationals who are living in ruins with very low quality and used materials are very disappointed in their life. But in the report, they are saying that they widely participated in the election in the hope that the government will change their lives. But unfortunately, the government still has not done anything for them and they are still begging on the streets.

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