Deaf in Mali





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Introduction / History

There are an estimated 40,000 to 70,000 Deaf in Mali. The relatively large number of Deaf is probably caused by meningitis.

Malian Sign Language is being taken over by American Sign Language, introduced to West Africa by the deaf American missionary Andrew Foster.

Where Are they Located?

Deaf in Mali are largely concentrated in high population areas, especially in the capital Bamako, where there is the greatest access to opportunities for the community.

What Are Their Needs?

"The greatest challenge among the deaf of Mali is that the population is not gathered into a central area. Additionally, education and interpretation for the deaf is extremely limited, even in churches with deaf members.

Those preparing ministry among the deaf must be willing to travel to many strategic locations within Mali. Communication with and working through the various associations is essential and will prove beneficial in organizing special gatherings of the deaf populations.

Christian resources available include complete Bible, tracts and Scripture portions." (from the subsaharanafricanpeoples website)

The Sign Language Situation in Mali, Victoria Nyst

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population in Mali 0
World Population Unknown
Countries 216
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Deaf
People Cluster Deaf
People Name General Deaf
Ethnic Code
People ID 19007
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 Bamako school for deaf children, has 3 grade classes. Not known if it is widely used elsewhere or not.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bamako Sign Language Tebul Sign Language
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bamako Sign Language Tebul Sign Language
For Primary Language: Tebul Sign Language

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Door International Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.00 %
89.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
5.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
95.0 %
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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