Marka, Dafing in Mali





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Marka constitute a large language group of more than 300,000 people who occupy 60 villages in western Burkina Faso. An estimated 45,000 of the Marka live in neighboring Mali. The complexity of the group, with its varied tribes and dialects, makes evangelization and translation work difficult. The Marka are typical of most Burkinabe groups in that they earn their living by farming and raising animals. More and more young men are traveling to Cote d'Ivoire to work on plantations; lack of job opportunities is a major problem for Marka youth.

Families live in square mud huts, and travel by foot, bicycle, moped, or donkey. People enjoy playing soccer, and also spend time making pottery, cloth, and wooden carvings. The Marka retain a strict social and political hierarchy that includes a King, litigation chiefs, war chiefs, and heads of clans and families. There is one central "head" to unify the people, but also a certain amount of autonomy within each village. Translators, literacy workers, and church planters are all needed in the area. Cooperation and teamwork among different missionary groups will help facilitate the spread of the gospel.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Marka, Dafing
People Name in Country Marka, Dafing
Population in Mali 47,000
World Population 437,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dafi, Dafin, Dafing, Mossi
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Malinke
People Name General Marka, Dafing
Ethnic Code NAB63a
People ID 13550
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 Koula, Diarani, Yelen√©, Kuna, Dialassagou, Ouenkoro, Bai village areas.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
For Primary Language: Marka

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1987)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
18.00 %
0.00 %
72.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
5.0 %
Roman Catholic
95.0 %
Photo Source: Steve and Debbi Clouser  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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