Chechen in Belgium


Population
17,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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.


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.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chechen%E2%80%93Russian_conflict#Chechen_conflict_with_the_Russian_Empire
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chechen_refugees#European_Union
http://www.ibtimes.com/chechens-little-known-global-diaspora-refugees-1204971
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33046258
http://streetgangs.com/billboard/viewtopic.php?t=56125


People Name General Chechen
People Name in Country Chechen
Population in Belgium 17,000
World Population 1,703,600
Total Countries 17
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Nokhchi
People ID 11317
ROP3 Code 102059
Country Belgium
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Belgium
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language: Chechen (17,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: che   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Chechen (17,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: che   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Chechen

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1986-2007)
New Testament Yes   (2007)
Complete Bible Yes   (2012)
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Chechen
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
88.00 %
Non-Religious
12.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: A Nitzsche   Creative Commons  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest 
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