Furu in Central African Republic





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

In the savanna along the Ubangi River, Furu speakers enjoy spacious land where they can spread out to raise chickens, goats and a few cattle. They plant gardens that include cassava and peanuts. Native grasses make an attractive roofing material for their houses, and keep them cool under the blazing African sun.

The Furu language originated farther north. It is of the Nilo-Saharan language family; early Furu settlers likely immigrated here from around Darfur, Sudan.

The Furu people call the creator god "Nzapa." This deity works through intermediary spirits. One inhabits people, requiring offerings to a certain kind of tree (Kwara tree). They believe appeasing another, "Nafe," ensures health, good luck, and good harvests, and that "Zuga" controls the outcome of the hunt. Both living and dead ancestors also wield influence. Furu life is steeped in fear and bound by rituals to assure good outcomes. They need the Savior who will bring them freedom, peace and abundant life. Understandable Scripture is needed to introduce them to Him and a translation project has begun.

A project has begun to create MP3 audio Scripture so believers will have access and be able to share with neighbors and friends. The project team expects pastors to use the translated Scripture for teaching and preaching. They also hope choirs will create songs from the translations, publicizing God's Word and memorizing and broadcasting it through music.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Furu
People Name in Country Furu
Population in Central African Republic 5,600
World Population 34,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Busuu
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Sudanic
People Name General Furu
Ethnic Code NAB66z
People ID 11780
Country Central African Republic
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mobaye Subprefecture. 11 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Furu (5,600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Furu 5,600
For Primary Language: Furu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 10.00 %)
28.00 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
0.00 %
42.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
20.0 %
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
35.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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