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.
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.
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.
Kurmanji speaking Kurds are almost always Sunni Muslims. We know of almost no followers of Christ among them in Canada.
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.
* 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||7,100|
|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 (7,100 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-in-Your-Language|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Kurdish New Testament & Psalms|
|Text / Printed Matter||International Bible Society|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|