Marfa in Chad

Joshua Project has identified the Marfa only in Chad





Largest Religion

Main Language


Where Are they Located?

The Marfa are a Muslim people who live in the Ouaddai (Waddai) region of Eastern Chad, where they live in numerous villages around the Marfa mountains from which they derive their name.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They share a similar culture to the other Ouaddai people groups, such as the Karanga, Kashmere and Maba, but they have their own distinct language which distinguishes them from others.

Many of the Marfa work in the millet fields around the villages in the rainy season (June to September) When the harvest is threshed many of the men head for larger cities and towns of Chad and farther afield to find work, while others work on gardens along the beds of the wadis. Wadis are dry river beds for most of the year, with ample water sources underground that are replenished during the rainy season.

What Are Their Needs?

Their area in the Ouaddai is remote - around 150 kilometers from the major town of Abéché. With no medical facilities in the area, those who are seriously ill often die in their villages or on the way to hospital two to three days away by donkey or camel. Some medical work may be a key to living alongside the people of the Marfa community and sharing the Good News of Jesus in word and deed.

Prayer Points

Pray God will send laborers to this harvest field.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-01-25
People Name General Marfa
People Name in Country Marfa
Population in Chad 16,000
World Population 16,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Ouaddai-Fur
People Name General Marfa
Ethnic Code NAB66z
People ID 13537
Country Chad
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Ouaddaï region, Ouara Department, south of Abéché.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Marfa (16,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Marfa 16,000
For Primary Language: Marfa

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 3.70 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
90.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
10.0 %
80.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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