The Asia Foundation

Visualizing Afghanistan: A Survey of the Afghan People

Do you fear for the safety of you or your family?

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Do you fear for the safety of you or your family?

In 2014 a majority of Afghans (65%) report always, often, or sometimes fearing for their safety or security or that of their family. Fear for safety has increased since 2013 (59%), and since 2006 fear for safety has been on an overall upward trend. The provinces reporting the highest levels of fear for personal safety are Faryab (92%), Wardak (89%), Farah (88%), and Kunduz (88%). The provinces most likely to report never or rarely experiencing fear are Panjshir (99%), Badakhshan (82%), and Bamyan (75%). Around three quarters of Afghans say they would be afraid when traveling within Afghanistan (76%). A clear majority would be afraid to participate in a peaceful demonstration (70%), run for public office (71%), and encounter international forces (77%).

Additional Insights from the 2014 Nationwide Data

Q: In your view, what is the biggest cause of crime in Afghanistan?*

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