Birgid in Chad

The Birgid have only been reported in Chad
Population
24,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

At the end of the colonial era, tribal groups in Africa formed new nation states, usually based on the desires of the colonial powers. What now is Chad was ruled by the French, and what now is Sudan was ruled by the British. In today's world, there is a land called Darfur in western Sudan on the border with Chad, where there is never-ending fighting.

Much of the fighting is between farmers who want their land sectioned off as farms, and semi-nomadic herdsmen who want the land to be open as they move their livestock to new grazing lands. The two cannot occupy the same land, and conflict often erupts. There are many people groups in this region that are in jeopardy, including the Birgid people. It is the women and children who are most vulnerable in these situations.


Where Are they Located?

The Birgid people live in eastern Chad. At one time there were Birgid people on the Sudan side of the border, but now they all live in Chad. One of their main locations is El Wehda.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many of the tribes in this part of Africa, including the Birgid people, have long-lasting conflicts with one another. The Birgid people are especially hostile towards the Zaghawa and the Rizeigat peoples.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Birgid people are entirely Muslim. However, they have allowed traditional African religion to taint their Islamic beliefs.


What Are Their Needs?

The Birgid people desperately need to find more constructive ways to deal with their neighbors than fighting and killing. Until their issues with other tribes are resolved, they will live at a subsistence level, and innocent people will suffer.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the strife and violence experienced by the Birgid people lead them to listening to the Prince of Peace.
* Pray for Birgid people to have dreams and visions of Jesus, so they can understand that He has the answers. At this time, they have almost no Christian materials or scriptures.
* Pray for a disciple making movement among Birgid men that will transform their communities into ways that are pleasing to God.


References

http://www.peoplegroups.org/explore/GroupDetails.aspx?peid=11320 https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/south-darfur-committee-to-negotiate-between-birgid-rizeigat
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birgid_language
https://books.google.com/books?id=4f9iDgAAQBAJ&pg=PT135&lpg=PT135&dq=Birgid+of+Chad&source=bl&ots=4otIlmC4Dj&sig=oevheSoLt1rtUvQjYrxDa2pw6qY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjO1MymwevTAhVP5mMKHYXzAr4Q6AEISzAI#v=onepage&q=Birgid%20of%20Chad&f=false


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Birgid
People Name in Country Birgid
Population in Chad 24,000
World Population 24,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 0  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bergit
People ID 10807
ROP3 Code 101282
Country Chad
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Ouaddaï region: Djourf al Ahmar department, centered in Abgué; Salamat region: Aboudéïa and Barh-Azoum departments; west Sila and south Batha regions.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Chad
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Ouaddaï region: Djourf al Ahmar department, centered in Abgué; Salamat region: Aboudéïa and Barh-Azoum departments; west Sila and south Batha regions..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Birgit (24,000 speakers)
Language Code btf   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Birgit
Primary Language Birgit (24,000 speakers)
Language Code btf   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Birgit

Primary Language:  Birgit

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.08 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.90 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
15.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
85.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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