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.

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

* Scripture Prayers for the Chechen in Iraq.

* 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.


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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
Population this Country 12,000
Population all Countries 1,728,000
Total Countries 16
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Nokhchi
People ID 11317
ROP3 Code 102059
Country Iraq
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 11  (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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Language Chechen (12,000 speakers)
Language Code che   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Chechen (12,000 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
Possible Print Bibles
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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 Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Chechen
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Нохчийн мотт - Chechen
Text / Printed Matter Multi-Language Media
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Charles Roffey - Flickr  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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