Jola-Lala, Lehar in Senegal

Joshua Project has identified the Jola-Lala, Lehar only in Senegal





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Lehar are an agricultural people living in the west of Senegal near to the coast. They raise millet, peanuts, and beans as well as a variety of fruit trees. The Lehar live in square mud brick houses, clustered together in enclosed compounds. They are part of the larger Cangin people groups, originally all speaking one language. For various reasons, over the centuries, they split into their different ways and now have distinct, separate languages.

Christianity came to the Lehar 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 Lehar who practice Islam or Catholicism still retain many of their traditional animistic beliefs. It is these beliefs that need to be challenged with the Gospel.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Jola-Lala, Lehar
People Name in Country Jola-Lala, Lehar
Population in Senegal 16,000
World Population 16,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Atlantic-Jola
People Name General Jola-Lala, Lehar
Ethnic Code NAB56c
People ID 19113
Country Senegal
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country West central, north of Thies, Pambal area, Mbaraglov, Dougnan; Tambacounda area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Laalaa (16,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Laalaa 16,000
For Primary Language: Laalaa

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 1.50 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.00 %
80.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
5.0 %
Roman Catholic
85.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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