resources for understanding our newest neighbors’ cultural backgrounds

Find more resources and details by clicking on the name of the country that interests you.

At present, this list reflects the home countries of the majority—though certainly not all—of our clients.


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Afghanistan

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RELIGION: Afghanis are primarily Sunni Muslim (80%) and Shi’a Muslim (19%).

LANGUAGE: Afghanistan has two official languages: Afghan Persian (or Dari), which is spoken by 50% of the population, and Pashtu, which is spoken by 35%. Other major languages in the region include Turkic languages, such as Uzbek and Turkmen, which are spoken by 11% of the population. There are over 30 other languages, with many Afghans speaking more than one language.



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Bhutan

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RELIGION: Bhutanese refugees are predominantly Hindu.

LANGUAGE: Nearly all the Bhutanese refugees speak Nepali as a first or second language.


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Democratic Republic of the Congo

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RELIGION: Roman Catholic (50%), Protestant (20%), Kimbanguist (10%), Muslim (10%), other syncretic sects and indigenous beliefs (10%)

LANGUAGE: French is the official language of the DRC. Other spoken languages include Lingala (a trade language), Kingwana (a dialect of Kiswahili), Kikongo, and Tshiluba.


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Ethiopia

In progress

RELIGION: Muslim (45%-50%), Ethiopian Orthodox (35%-40%), animist (12%), other (3%-8%)

LANGUAGE: English is the major foreign language taught in schools, but there are a variety of languages spoken (more than 80 in all). Examples include: Amharic, Tigrinya, Oromigna, Guaraginga, Somali, Arabic, and other local languages.


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Iraq

In progress

RELIGION: Shi’a Muslim (60-65%), Sunni Muslim (32-37%), Christian or other (3%)

LANGUAGE: Arabic, Kurdish (official in Kurdish regions), Assyrian, Armenian


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Myanmar (Burma)

In progress

RELIGION: Buddhist (89%), Christian (4%), Muslim (4%), animist (1%), other (2%).

LANGUAGE: Burmese (65%) is the official language, there are over 100 languages spoken in Burma and include Chin, Karen, Shan, Kachin, Mon, Rakhine and many others.



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Sudan

In progress

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Syria

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