Fulata in Sudan


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Introduction / History

The Fulani have lighter skin, thinner lips, and straighter hair than other African groups living near them. Centuries ago, the Fulani tribes migrated from northern Africa and the Middle East into Central and West Africa. Eventually some found their way further east to Sudan. Most of them are still nomadic shepherds who travel with their flocks in search of better grazing land.

The Fulani tribes are grouped and named according to their locations, occupations, and dialects. They are located in an almost horizontal strip across Africa from Senegal in the west to Sudan in the east. The Sahara Desert forms their northernmost boundary, while the threat of tsetse flies control their movement to the south.

The Fulata are a subgroup of the Fulani who live in Sudan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Fulata herders trade with neighboring tribes for millet, yams, and peanuts. Milk from their livestock is the main staple in their diet, and this distinguishes them from the tribes who do not milk their cattle. They also produce butter, which can be traded in the markets.

The Fulani nomads live in "wet season camps" while planting and harvesting. The pastures are lush and green, and the cattle graze freely. These camps consist of beehive-like huts made of woven twigs, leaves, and grass. During the dry seasons they camp in portable huts, moving the cattle or sheep to well-watered lands in the flood plains.

While the older men exercise the leadership of the tribes, it is the duty of the younger men to move the herds. Boys are responsible for helping their older brothers with the herds. Women usually milk the cattle and sell butter in the markets. Fulani women in Sudan wear brightly colored clothes and makeup even when working with livestock.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Fulata are a proud people who teach their children the value of dignity. The Fulata are expected to follow a code of high moral behavior known as Pulaaku. Pulaaku extols virtues such as kindness, bravery, patience, tolerance, perseverance, honesty, diligence, generosity, and dignity. To be reserved is part of being dignified; thus, they are shy and modest in public. A mother does not show affection to her infant son. In fact, she never even calls her firstborn by his name all throughout his life.

In terms of spiritual beliefs, the Fulani are almost entirely Sunni Muslim with many animistic beliefs blended in.


What Are Their Needs?

The Fulani in Sudan need reliable sources of water for their livestock and for their families.


Prayer Points

Pray for abundant rain as a testimony of God's power and love for the Fulata people.

There are gospel recordings available in their languages. Pray that Fulata people will have easy access to them, as well as Christian radio broadcasts.

Pray that there will soon come a day when there will be skits and plays that teach the Fulata about the life of Christ and about Christ-like living.

Pray for the Fulata to come in contact with Holy Spirit-led believers in Sudan and South Sudan.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to do a new work among Fulata leaders that will open doors for a movement to Christ.

Pray for faithful teams to regularly pray for the Fulani peoples.


Scripture Prayers for the Fulata in Sudan.


References

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHrqL4Bi-YU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxVs79WBv_Q

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/2011/01/30

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ITCqct8Xzg

http://www.sudantribune.co


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

The Waiting World - The Fulani
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Additional Info
Fulani profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-01-30
Link Up Africa
People Name General Fulani, Adamawa
People Name in Country Fulata
Pronunciation ah-dah-MAH-wah
Population this Country 224,000
Population all Countries 4,992,000
Total Countries 7
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names Adamawa; Bagirmi Fulani; Falata; Fellata; Fula; Fulata; Fulba Kita; Fulfulde-Fulani; Gewe; Gueve; Igboro Fulani; Kano-Katsina; Puel; Sudanese Fula; Toroobe; Voila
People ID 11774
ROP3 Code 103079
Country Sudan
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 13  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Janub Darfur, Sinnar, An Nil al Azraq and Al Qadarif states: Blue Nile river towns; possibly Shamal Kurdufan and Janub Kurdufan states, scattered.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Sudan
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 13  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Janub Darfur, Sinnar, An Nil al Azraq and Al Qadarif states: Blue Nile river towns; possibly Shamal Kurdufan and Janub Kurdufan states, scattered..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
98.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Fulfulde, Adamawa (224,000 speakers)
Language Code fub   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Fulfulde, Adamawa (224,000 speakers)
Language Code fub   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Fulfulde, Adamawa
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