Nemadi in Mauritania

The Nemadi have only been reported in Mauritania
Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Nemadi (Ikoku) are small hunting tribe of 400. According to some sources, their language is a dialect of Hassaniyya. According to others a mixture of Zenaga, Soninke and Hassaniyya. The name "Nemadi" itself appears to come from Soninke, where it means "master of dogs."

Where Are they Located?

Nemadi (Ikoku) are located in eastern Mauritania. Mauritania is one of the poorest countries in the world. AIDS and slavery are real threats to the people in this country.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Nemadi people are mainly hunters. Subsistence farming and animal herding are also part of their lives.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Nemadi (Ikoku) people are 65 percent Islamic, and 35 percent practice only traditional religion. This people group is unreached and unengaged. There are no known believers among them. The Bible has been printed in their language, Hassaniyya, along with GRN audio resources, and the JESUS Film. They might not understand the dialect in these resources.

What Are Their Needs?

The most pressing need of Nemandi (Ikoku) people is to understand the truth of the loving God who has made provision for them to become His children through full payment of their sins. Who will pay the price to tell them?

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Nemadi, lkoku in Mauritania.

* Believers in Mauritania are known to be imprisoned, beaten or ostracized by family or tribe. Pray for religious freedom in Mauritania.
* Pray for encounters with the Lord Jesus, and that all who obey Him will be courageous.
* Health issues are serious and must be addressed if people are to live the abundant lives that Christ offers.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Nemadi
People Name in Country Nemadi, lkoku
Natural Name Nemadi
Population this Country 500
Population all Countries 500
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Lkoku; Nimadi
People ID 13309
ROP3 Code 107195
Country Mauritania
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 23  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Mauritania
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 23  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Language Hassaniyya (500 speakers)
Language Code mey   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Hassaniyya (500 speakers)
Language Code mey   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hassaniyya

Primary Language:  Hassaniyya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2002-2005)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Audio New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hassaniyya
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hassaniyya
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
35.00 %
0.00 %
65.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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