Zhari District

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Zhari (ژری) is a new district in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.Alternate spellings include Zheley (due to transliteration from Pashto) or Zharey. The district was created from territories taken from Maywand and Panjwai districts. The population is estimated at 80,700 (2010) .

Terrain

Zhari is located on the north bank of the Arghandab River that runs east to west through Kandahar Province. The general area is sometimes referred to as the Arghandab Valley. The built-up and farmed area of Zhari is approximately 30 km east to west by 8 km north to south between the Arghandab and Highway 1. Most buildings are single story mud and brick structures, with narrow, winding roads and walkways. The exceptions are the grape-drying hut that are larger buildings as high as 20m, and which are scattered throughout the countryside. Grapes, poppies and marijuana are the most common crops. The farmlands are irrigated by a complex system of wadis running parallel with the Arghandab. The area North of Highway 1 is more desert-like with abrupt mountain ranges of approximately 200-400m in height.

Politics

The Shurah is the basic mechanism of government in Zhari. The tribal nature of the district is inseparable from politics, making the decision-making process difficult and time-consuming.

Tribes

Most people in Zhari are ethnic Pashtuns. There are...
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