Northern Yemenis who are residing in Saudi Arabia, formerly lived in the northern mountains and northeastern deserts of Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world.
Yemen has a turbulent history of wars and conquests.
Northern Yemeni Arabs are primarily located in the southwestern area of Saudi Arabia, across the Red Sea and the coast of Eritrea.
Over population, unemployment, drug abuse, unending political conflict, and tribal rivalries have driven many to Saudi Arabia seeking "greener pastures." However, the pastures are no greener than in their homeland. Their unemployment rate is between 20-40 percent.
Almost all Yemeni Arabs are Muslims, they tend to blend their Islamic religion with other beliefs, though they have been taught that the Koran and the Hadith hold life's spiritual answers. Embracing the Lord Jesus Christ carries heavy penalties in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. It is believed that small groups of believers meet secretly in homes.
Life for Yemeni Arab women in Saudi Arabia is extremely difficult and opportunities for a better life and family situations are limited on all fronts. Religious freedom and human rights are possibly the world's worst in Saudi Arabia. These people for whom Jesus gave His life need to hear the truth. The Bible has not been translated into Sanaani Arabic. It is available online, but the Saudi government severely restricts Internet. There are some audio resources.
* Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Northern Yemeni in Saudi Arabia.
* Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit that will give Northern Yemenis a willingness to embrace Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, depending on Him alone for salvation.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement among Northern Yemenis in Saudi Arabia that will spread to their desperately needy homeland, Yemen.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|Northern Yemeni profile for Children and Family Missions Activities|
|People Name General||Arab, Northern Yemeni|
|People Name in Country||Arab, Northern Yemeni|
|Natural Name||Northern Yemeni Arabs|
|Population this Country||277,000|
|Population all Countries||13,563,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||6|
|Alternate Names||Northern Yemeni Arab; Sanaani|
|Region||Africa, North and Middle East|
|Persecution Rank||14 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Primary Language||Arabic, Sanaani Spoken (277,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||ayn Ethnologue Listing|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|