Zirenkel in Chad

Joshua Project has identified the Zirenkel only in Chad





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Ancestors of the Zirenkel speakers of the Mongo area of Central Chad were originally Mubi from the Mangalmé area, around 150km to the east. At some point they moved west and the Dadju gave the land for three villages: Dambiro, Nikel and Sirbodom between the Dadjo and Dangaleat areas.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Zirenkel live a similar subsistence agricultural lifestyle to other peoples of the Guera, intermarrying with Dadju and Dangaleat and others.

They are entirely Muslim, their existence as a distinct language group was only recently discovered. Though their language and the larger Mubi language to the east have many similar words, the Zirenkel cannot understand Mubi. Many are bilingual however in Chadian Arabic, Dadju or Dangaleat.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Zirenkel
People Name in Country Zirenkel
Population in Chad 5,600
World Population 5,600
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Chadic
People Name General Zirenkel
Ethnic Code NAB60b
People ID 18975
Country Chad
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Guéra Department, Mongo Subprefecture, Canton Dadjo I, Dambiro, Sirbodom, Nikel villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Zerenkel: Zirenkel (5,600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Zerenkel: Zirenkel 5,600
For Primary Language: Zerenkel

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 4.00 %)
25.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
75.00 %
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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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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