Chechen in Belgium

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Introduction / History

The Chechens are from the North Caucasus Mountains of southwestern Russia. They are among the Turkic peoples conquered by the Russian Empire. Their homeland is called Chechnya. Fighting between the Chechens and the Russians has been sporadic since the 1700s. When the USSR imploded in 1991, Chechens quickly attempted to gain independence. That decade saw two major rounds of fighting between the Russian military and Chechen militias in Chechnya. By 2000 the Russians had destroyed Grozny, the main city in Chechnya. Chechens have fled Chechnya to many places including Belgium.

Where Are they Located?

Most of the Chechen diaspora have fled to urban Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany, and Austria, but some have tried to make Belgium their home. Within Belgium, Chechens mainly live in Aarschot. Others live in Brussels, Antwerp, Ostend, Louvain, Bredene, and Namur.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The culture of rebellion and violence has followed the Chechens to Belgium. Chechens who make the news include those who helped lead a high-level terrorist attack, and those fighting as gang members. This situation makes them unpopular with the local people.

Chechens can be devout Muslims, often for nationalistic purposes.
What Are Their Beliefs?

Chechens are predominantly Sunni Muslims, though many belong to a Sufi brotherhood. Sufism is a more emotional form of Islam that is usually blended with pre-Islamic folk religion.

What Are Their Needs?

The Chechens in Belgium need marketable skills that can help them earn an honest living in an urban setting. Training in computer programming and business skills would be welcome by these people who are caught in a cycle of violence and poverty.

They need believers who are willing to risk their lives to befriend them and share the Prince of Peace.

Prayer Points

Pray for workers with sacrificial love to go to the Chechens to teach job skills and the ways of the Prince of Peace.
Pray for the Chechens to become appalled by violence and seek spiritual answers from the Lord.

Scripture Prayers for the Chechen in Belgium.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest  
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People Name General Chechen
People Name in Country Chechen
Pronunciation CHEH-chun
Alternate Names Nokhchi
Population this Country 18,000
Population all Countries 1,948,000
Total Countries 16
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 11317
ROP3 Code 102059
ROP25 Code 301690
ROP25 Name Chechen
Country Belgium
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
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Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Belgium
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
88.00 %
12.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Chechen (18,000 speakers)
Language Code che   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Chechen (18,000 speakers)
Language Code che   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Chechen
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Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
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