Kurd, Kurmanji in Canada

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Introduction / History

The Northern Kurd (aka, Kurmanji speakers) are part of a much greater Kurdish population. They are made up of a number of clans, tribes, and tribal confederations, many of which have been in existence for thousands of years. This large people group shares several important and common ties. Not only do they speak closely related languages, but they also share a common culture, geographical homeland, and sense of identity.

The Northern Kurds, (aka, Kurmanji speakers) of Iraq live primarily along the northeastern border of Iraq, touching Iran. Some fled further north to escape the severe persecution of Saddam Hussein and the devastation of the Gulf War. Kurmanji speaking Kurds began to leave Iraq in the early 1990s with Gulf War 1, and their exit has continued till today. Canada graciously allows many war refugees to enter their country.

Where Are they Located?

The largest number of Kurmanji speaking Kurds live in Ontario, but there is also a sizable population in Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec. There is a Kurdish Youth Association of Canada in Ottawa.

What Are Their Lives Like?

It must be a relief to the Kurmanji speaking Kurds to not have to live in a war-zone. Having left such a situation, they are in the process of learning new languages and trying to enter new job markets.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Kurmanji speaking Kurds are almost always Sunni Muslims. We know of almost no followers of Christ among them in Canada.

What Are Their Needs?

The Kurds need a new identity, and that identity can be found in Jesus Christ. Canada is a country that allows for religious freedom, so people can take them the gospel.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Kurds in Canada will feel the need for a holy, righteous Savior.
* Pray that their social networks will be useful for cultivating a church planting movement to all countries where the Kurdish diaspora resides.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement among Kurds in Canada that will spread to Kurdistan.



Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Kurd, Kurmanji
People Name in Country Kurd, Kurmanji
Population in Canada 7,200
World Population 14,808,400
Total Countries 33
Indigenous No
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Kermanji, Kurmanji, Turkish Kurd, Yazidi, Yezidi
People ID 12877
ROP3 Code 105458

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language: Kurdish, Northern (7,200 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: kmr   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Kurdish, Northern (7,200 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: kmr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Kurdish, Northern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1856-2010)
New Testament Yes   (1872-2005)
Complete Bible Yes   (2008)
Audio Bible Online
Possible Print Bibles
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 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-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Kurdish New Testament & Psalms
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
99.90 %
Other / Small
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
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Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest 
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