Fulani, Fouta Tooro in Mali


Population
78,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge


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Introduction / History

The Fouta Toro are located in the Futa Toro Region of northeastern Senegal. In the Futa Toro region, temperatures range from 95 F to 104 F (35 C to 40 C) during the hottest season, and the air is very dry. Large mammals such as elephants, lions, and cheetahs are found in the region, as well as warthogs, monkeys, and dangerous snakes. The rivers are home to crocodiles, hippos, and many species of fish. The Futa Toro region is the richest agricultural district in Senegal because of its two yearly growing seasons. Many of the Fulanis of Futa Toro also live further east in neighboring Mali.


Where Are they Located?

The Futa Toro region of Senegal has attracted various peoples into its fertile land, and together they make up the Tokolor or Fulbe speaking peoples. The Fouta Toro are related to the Fulani people and speak a Fulani dialect. Fulani tribes are often grouped and named according to their locations and dialects. The Fouta Toro are semi-nomadic and live in the southern highlands, or jeeri; hence, their language is called Fulbe Jeeri.


What Are Their Lives Like?

nomadic peoples. The semi-nomadic Fouta Toro wander in bands and live in temporary camps. The Fula Toro people in Mali primarily farm, fish, and breed animals for their livelihood. Some have also become blacksmiths, leather workers, wood carvers, weavers, or potters while doing a small amount of farming.

The Fouta Toro are an entirely Muslim people, and this has greatly affected their traditions and customs. Many of them send their children to village schools to learn to pray and recite parts of the Koran. However, while some of them may go on to become priests and leaders of the Islamic faith, most only have a general knowledge of Islam and the Arabic language.

Among the Fouta Toro, marriage involves a payment for the bride, which is usually made with cattle. Polygamy is generally practiced up to the Muslim limit of four wives; however, many divorce and remarry. Each wife lives in a separate hut, and the husband moves among his wives.

The village is the principal focus of activity for the Fouta Toro people in Mali. Local disputes are handled by the village headman, who lives in the central court, and the imam (Muslim leader) from the mosque. A supreme chief serves as the head of a cluster of villages. His responsibilities include taxing the crops and herds, and settling disputes that cannot be settled by the village headman and imam.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Virtually all of the Fouta Toro are Muslims, although they have kept many of their pre-Islamic beliefs in the spirit world, despite Islamic teachings that they can depend solely on Allah. They believe these spirits can reward or punish them according to what they do in this life.


What Are Their Needs?

The New Testament has been translated into the Fulbe Jeeri language. Today, there are only a few known Fouta Toro believers. To successfully evangelize these people, we must pray that God will open their eyes to the truth.


Prayer Points

* Pray that God will call those who are willing to go to Senegal and Mali and share Christ with the Fouta Toro people
* Ask the Lord to give the Fula Toro believers boldness to share Christ with their own people.
* Pray that Fouta Toro elders will be led to Christ and, in turn, begin leading their families to Him.
* Ask the Lord to raise up a strong disciple making movement among the Fouta Toro people in Mali.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futa_Tooro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajUYtDsnOtU


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Fulani, Fouta Tooro
People Name in Country Fulani, Fouta Tooro
Population in Mali 78,000
World Population 749,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2 to 3
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Futa Toro, Fuuta Tooro, Tekrur
People ID 11770
ROP3 Code 103074
Country Mali
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kayes region: northwest Kayes, Yelimané, Nioro, and Diema circles; Koulikoro region: Nara, northern Kolokani, and Banamba circles.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Mali
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kayes region: northwest Kayes, Yelimané, Nioro, and Diema circles; Koulikoro region: Nara, northern Kolokani, and Banamba circles..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Pulaar (78,000 speakers)
Language Code fuc   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Pulaar
Primary Language Pulaar (78,000 speakers)
Language Code fuc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Pulaar

Primary Language:  Pulaar

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1982-1993)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1997)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
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 God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Pulaar
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video More Than Dreams (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.01 %)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.99 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Video Source LinkUp Africa
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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