Marka, Dafing in Mali


Population
57,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Marka constitute a large language group of more than 300,000 people who occupy 60 villages in western Burkina Faso. An estimated 45,000 of the Marka live in neighboring Mali. The complexity of the group, with its varied tribes and dialects, makes evangelization and translation work difficult. The Marka are typical of most Burkinabe groups in that they earn their living by farming and raising animals. More and more young men are traveling to Cote d'Ivoire to work on plantations; lack of job opportunities is a major problem for Marka youth.

Families live in square mud huts, and travel by foot, bicycle, moped, or donkey. People enjoy playing soccer, and also spend time making pottery, cloth, and wooden carvings. The Marka retain a strict social and political hierarchy that includes a King, litigation chiefs, war chiefs, and heads of clans and families. There is one central "head" to unify the people, but also a certain amount of autonomy within each village. Translators, literacy workers, and church planters are all needed in the area. Cooperation and teamwork among different missionary groups will help facilitate the spread of the gospel.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Marka, Dafing
People Name in Country Marka, Dafing
Population in Mali 57,000
World Population 233,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 2
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Dafi, Dafin, Dafing, Mossi
People ID 13550
ROP3 Code 106346
Country Mali
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mopti region: Bankass circle, south of Dialassagou town; Ségou region: northeast Tominian circle, along Burkina Faso border.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Mali
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mopti region: Bankass circle, south of Dialassagou town; Ségou region: northeast Tominian circle, along Burkina Faso border..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Marka
Language Code rkm   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Marka
Primary Language Marka
Language Code rkm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Marka

Primary Language:  Marka

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1987)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
18.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
72.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
5.0 %
Roman Catholic
95.0 %
Photo Source Steve and Debbi Clouser  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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