Nielim, Mjillem in Chad

Joshua Project has identified the Nielim only in Chad





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Near the river, the familiar scene is played again. Into the village march dozens of young boys wearing lion skins around their waists and hiding their faces behind bent arms. They've completed the survival test in the wilderness and learned about contact with the spirit world. Now, all the men of the village gather around and the boys begin to dance. It is a sign of transition, as they pass from childhood into adulthood. Once they have completed this process, they each return home and receive a new name. The initiation is now complete. This festival is repeated once every ten years in Niellim villages as boys learn the message of their fathers' tribal religion.

Later on, they might choose to nominally associate themselves with Islam or Bahai, yet they remain true to their traditional religion. The people of the Niellim villages are open to experimenting with different religions, even Christianity. The problem lies in the fact that the importance of commitment has not been stressed to them.

Prayer Points

Please pray that God would raise up Christians who would be willing not only to share the Gospel with the Niellim, but also to exemplify the commitment that the Lord desires.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Nielim
People Name in Country Nielim, Mjillem
Population in Chad 14,000
World Population 14,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Mjillem
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Adamawa-Ubangi
People Name General Nielim
Ethnic Code NAB66z
People ID 13392
Country Chad
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Moyen-Chari region, Barh Kôh Department, Niellim town area, southwest bank of Chari River; Niou in Niou on the northeast bank.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
For Primary Language: Niellim

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
0.30 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
0.00 %
79.70 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
100.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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