Who am I? For Kurdish Muslims, this question is very difficult. Kurds are one of the largest people group clusters in the Middle East, yet they live in a land dominated by Arabs, Turks, or Iranians, depending on the exact location. In each of these countries, they are expected to conform to the dominant culture.
Since the late 1960s, Kurdish refugees began to move to Australia, where yet another layer of "identity crisis" has hit them. Different Kurdish refugees came to Australia speaking different languages, so it is not easy to have their kids go to a "Kurdish" language and culture class. Like many second generation immigrants, Kurdish youths are stuck between the old and the new cultures.
Some refugees, like the so-called Boat People of Southeast Asia, eventually managed to get re-established in their host countries. The 1,500 Kurds in Australia are still having difficulties. Not only did many of them arrive with very little to get themselves started financially, but they lack business and language skills. They desperately need to learn English to find good jobs. As it is, many of them are in low-paying construction jobs.
Nearly all Kurds are Muslim, most being Shafiite Sunnis. They first embraced Islam after the Arab conquests of the seventh century. Today, they primarily look to Islam as a basis for social justice. However, despite being predominantly Muslim, religion has created deep rifts among the Kurds. Many of the dispossessed Kurd minorities have become associated with the secret and unorthodox sects of Islam.
* Pray for godly Christians to go to the Kurds in Australia to teach English and business skills.
* Pray that Christian radio and TV broadcasts will fill the cultural gap by providing high quality materials in Kurmanji and other languages spoken by Kurds.
* Pray that soon the Kurds in Australia will have their identity in their Savior.
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2006-06-29|
|People Name General||Kurd, Kurmanji|
|People Name in Country||Kurd, Kurmanji|
|Population in Australia||4,300|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Kermanji, Kurmanji, Turkish Kurd, Yazidi, Yezidi|
|Primary Language||Kurdish, Northern (4,300 speakers)|
|Language Code||kmr Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Kurdish, Northern|
Primary Language: Kurdish, Northern
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1872-2005)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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 Kurdish, Northern|
|Film / Video||Life's Gold (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|General||Kurdish Ministry Resources|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Kurdish New Testament & Psalms|
|Text / Printed Matter||International Bible Society|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.70 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|