Zenaga is a Berber language. Berbers generally prefer to call themselves Amazigh, meaning free men. They are the original inhabitants of North Africa, which has been overrun by the Roman Empire, and later by the Arabs in the 600s. Since that time, they have largely been "Arabized" meaning their language and culture have been influenced by the Arabs. But they still yearn for freedom no matter where they live.
In general, Berbers feel that the more powerful Arabs have controlled them, though the two groups have often worked together throughout history. Berber groups like the Zenaga speakers would love to have complete freedom, but there are more powerful groups wherever they live. In the case of the Zenagas who live in Mauritania, the Moors are a powerful ethnic group.
Zenaga speakers live in either Mauritania or Senegal.
It is highly possible that Zenaga Berbers are not satisfied with their economic situation or the lack of good roads, potable water or electricity.
The primary religion practiced by the Zenaga Berbers in Mauritania is Sunni Islam, the largest branch of Islam. Sunni Muslims follow the teachings of the Qur'an and consider the first four caliphs to be the rightful successors of Muhammad.
There are few if any Christian materials in their language.
* There are no Zenaga speakers who have embraced Jesus Christ, so pray for the Holy Spirit to move in their communities in the coming years.
* Pray for opportunities for Zenaga speakers to hear and respond to Jesus Christ, despite the fact they live in a closed country.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to move through Zenaga communities in both Mauritania and Senegal
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Zenaga|
|People Name in Country||Zenaga|
|Population in Mauritania||8,300|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||0 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Berber, Duaish, Idaouich, Masna, Nimadi|
|Region||West and Central Africa|
|Persecution Rank||47 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Widespread. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Language Code||mey Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Hassaniyya|
Primary Language: Hassaniyya
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Hassaniyya|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Hassaniyya|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|