Arab in Congo, Democratic Republic of


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Introduction / History

Did you know that there are two central African countries with the name of Congo? One is the Republic of the Congo. The other is the larger, more populated Democratic Republic of the Congo once known as the Belgian Congo and Zaire. The DR Congo has been labeled a "failed state." It has some of the greatest natural resources of any nation. It has rich reserves of cobalt, copper, diamonds, tin, oil, and gold. Yet, the per capita income of DR Congo income is one of the lowest in the world.King Leopold II of Belgium considered the Congo his private rubber plantation from 1888 to 1908. Millions of the Congolese inhabitants died of famine, exploitation, murder, and disease. Since its independence in 1960 DR Congo has seen a constant series of civil wars, foreign interventions and military coups. At one point in 1998, 20 different military forces were operating in the DR Congo’s borders including ones from nine African nations. Arabs came to the Congo in the 19th century as merchants and slave traders. Some decided to stay and make the Congo their permanent home. The primary language of these Arabs is Arabic. They also speak French and local languages.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Arab people of the DR Congo live in urban areas. They own shops, restaurants and businesses. Some work in the mining industry as managers and foremen. Mining is the main source of cash in the country. The Arabs in the Congo have tried to stay out of the political upheavals and keep their businesses and families safe. Most of the Europeans who were administrators and business owners in the Congo left when the DRC became an independent nation in 1960. Arabs helped fill the jobs of these departing, skilled workers. Arab parents want their children to marry another Muslim Arab. They encourage their children to gain a secondary and tertiary education. Most Arab young people must leave the Congo to finish their education. Few functioning universities operate in the DR Congo.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The vast majority of DRC Arabs are Sunni Muslims. They try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. Sunnis believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, using deceit, slandering, and making idols.The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. Only a tiny fraction of the Arabs in this African country claims to be followers of Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Needs?

All the peoples including the Arabs living in the DR Congo need a stable, just government. Parents need good schools, medical care and a steady supply of food for their children. The Muslims need to understand that Isa or Jesus is more a human prophet. He is the Son of God and their only Savior.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Arab in Congo, Democratic Republic of.

*Pray that Arabs in the DR Congo are able to meet the needs of their children. *Pray that each Arab person is able to hear a clear presentation of the gospel. *Pray that the Lord uses TV and radio programs in Arabic to reach these Muslims.*Ask God to raise up a Disciple Making Movement among the Arabs of the DRC this decade.  


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-01-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-01-03
People Name General Arab
People Name in Country Arab
Pronunciation AE-rub
Population this Country 28,000
Population all Countries 704,000
Total Countries 31
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Anglolan Arabs; Baggara; Bedouin Arab; Bosnian Muslims; Chavus; Coast; Coast Arab; Hemat; Iraqi Arab; Lebanese Arab; Levantine Arab; Nawar; Palestinian Arab; Palestinian Arabs; Saudi Arab; Syrian Arab; Syro-Lebanese Arab; अरब
People ID 10375
ROP3 Code 100425
Country Congo, Democratic Republic of
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 40  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Congo, Democratic Republic of
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 40  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Language Arabic, North Levantine Spoken (28,000 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, North Levantine Spoken (28,000 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, North Levantine Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, North Levantine Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1939-1981)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video The Story
Film / Video Together Toward Growth
Film / Video Together Toward Growth (EngSub)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible )
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.02 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
94.00 %
Non-Religious
4.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
2.0 %
Orthodox
60.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
1.0 %
Roman Catholic
37.0 %
Photo Source Pat Brasil  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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