Faryab (Persian: فارياب) is one of the
thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is in the north of the country. Its
capital is Maymana.
Political and Economic Situation
Primarily ethnically Uzbek, Faryab province has been one of the more
peaceful areas in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban after the U.S.
invasion of 2001. Recent development projects in the province have focused
on expanding the agricultural potential of the province, in particular the
re-forestation of areas of the province that were denuded in the recent
Like many areas in the north of Afghanistan, warlords and criminal
gangs who flourished under the lawless conditions that pervade Afghanistan
are still very powerful in the province. Warlords are reported to be heavily
involved in land seizures and extortion, even going so far as to run their
own private jails where prisoners are detained and tortured.