Serer-Safen, Safi in Senegal

Joshua Project has identified the Serer-Safen only in Senegal





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Introduction / History

The Saafi are an agricultural people living in the west of Senegal, southwest of and near Thies and the coast. They cultivate millet, peanuts and beans as well as a variety of fruit trees. The Saafi live in square mud brick houses, clustered together in enclosed compounds.

The Saafi are part of the larger Cangin people groups, originally all speaking one language. For various reasons, over the centuries they split their different ways and now have distinct, separate languages. Christianity came to the Saafi in the early 1800's, but in the last 40 years the area has become largely Muslim.

Desertification is causing the water table to drop each year and water is becoming more and more scarce. Spiritually, most Saafi who practice Islam or Catholicism also retain many of their traditional animistic beliefs. It is these beliefs that need to be challenged with the Gospel.

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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-02-16
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-02-28
People Name General Serer-Safen
People Name in Country Serer-Safen, Safi
Population in Senegal 234,000
World Population 234,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Safi
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Atlantic
People Name General Serer-Safen
Ethnic Code NAB56c
People ID 14868
Country Senegal
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Triangle southwest of and near Thiès (between Diamniadio, Popenguine, and Thiès). 60 villages: 43 are over 80% Saafi, 8 are under 50%.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Saafi-Saafi (234,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Saafi-Saafi 234,000
For Primary Language: Saafi-Saafi

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 0.02 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
11.00 %
0.00 %
69.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
5.0 %
Roman Catholic
90.0 %
Photo Source: Link Up Africa  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Video Source: LinkUp Africa
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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