Chechen in Iraq

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Introduction / History

Though the Chechens in Iraq are small in number, they have been there since the late 1800s when they settled there on behalf of the Ottoman Empire. These Chechens settled in Iraq's northern towns. Later Chechen communities settled in Mosul, Dayali, and Baghdad. At that time many of these Chechens left their farms and became soldiers.

Where Are they Located?

Most Chechens live in Russia's Caucasus Mountain region. Those in Iraq can be anywhere in that country.

What Are Their Lives Like?

There is a hot dispute about whether or not there are more recently arriving Chechens who are there to fight in Iraq's extended war. There are now efforts on the part of the Chechens in Iraq to re-build their fallen community organizations and language teaching schools. Re-building their cultural establishments is unlikely until there is peace in Iraq.

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

The Chechens are either Sunni or Sufi Muslims. The Sufi sect is noted for being much more focused on the mystical and the relational aspects of Islam than the two better known sects, Sunni and Shi 'ite. Almost none of them follow Christ.

What Are Their Needs?

The Chechens need a peaceful homeland where they can re-build their lives, and meet the Prince of Peace. They need both external and internal peace.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Chechens to find a peaceful home.
Pray for the internal shalom for Chechens as they find their way to the Prince of Peace.
Pray that the fighting done in the name of Islam will give Chechens in Iraq and in Russia the willingness to seek spiritual answers outside their religious system.
Pray for dreams and visions that will lead Chechens on a spiritual quest.
Pray for a movement to Christ among Chechens in Iraq.

Scripture Prayers for the Chechen in Iraq.


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Profile Source:   Keith Carey  
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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-12-08
People Name General Chechen
People Name in Country Chechen
Pronunciation CHEH-chun
Alternate Names Nokhchi
Population this Country 13,000
Population all Countries 1,719,000
Total Countries 16
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 11317
ROP3 Code 102059
Country Iraq
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 18  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Iraq
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 18  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
88.00 %
12.00 %
Other / Small
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0.00 %
Primary Language Chechen (13,000 speakers)
Language Code che   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Chechen (13,000 speakers)
Language Code che   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Chechen

Primary Language:  Chechen

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1986-2007)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2007)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Chechen Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
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Text / Printed Matter Bible: Chechen YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter IBT, Russia - resources Institute for Bible Translation - Russia
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Profile Source Keith Carey  
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