Idaksahak in Mali






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Idaksahak ("Sons of Isaac") formerly were herders for Tuareg nobles, in return for their protection. This relationship has now broken down and there is less mixing of the two peoples, except they use the same watering holes and trade at the same markets. Some have become settled farmers. Many are nomads, and have few possessions apart from their animals. The nomads may range into Algeria and Niger. The men are often bi-lingual, speaking their own language and the language of the Tuareg. The women and children are often isolated in their camps, and speak only their own language. Schooling is available only in the towns, and will likely be in French.

Ministry Obstacles

It is difficult to contact and develop relationships with nomadic peoples.

Outreach Ideas

Gospel recordings are available in the Tadaksahak language. Workers should consider taking recordings to these people, developing friendships and pursuing opportunities to share the recordings.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may be only a tiny handful of followers of Jesus among the Idaksahak people. These individuals need our prayers. Pray the Lord's Spirit will encourage them and lead them to fellowship together.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for good schools to be made available for the children, and that parents will see the importance of sending their children to school. Pray for adequate rain so their livestock will do well.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Idaksahak, Dausahaq
People Name in Country Idaksahak
Population in Mali 120,000
World Population 122,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Belbali, Dausahaq
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Songhai
People Name General Idaksahak, Dausahaq
Ethnic Code NAB65b
People ID 12178
Country Mali
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 40  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country 7th region, 300 km east-west by 200 km north-south with Ménaka as geographic center. They travel into Niger and Algeria.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tadaksahak (120,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tadaksahak 120,000
For Primary Language: Tadaksahak

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 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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