Seemogo in Mali


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Introduction / History

The Sambla or Sembla people are subsistence farmers in their traditional, rural West African homeland. They live in Mali and Burkina Faso.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They earn cash principally through market gardening, but also by growing cotton, or selling wood or animals, particularly pork. Women grow peanuts then they sell part of their harvest. Their largest village is Karankasso. Other Sambla live in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso, 45 km away. Many young women work in Bobo-Dioulasso and come back to the village at the beginning of the rainy season to help in the fields. Sambla country is hilly, the highest elevation is 618 meters.
Health care is poor. There is a health center in Karankasso and in Banzon, but people are not comfortable with modern medicine. In mid-1993, almost 25 children died of measles in Karankasso alone. There is no electricity or telephone, and no secondary school. Many people have radios, and use bicycles for transportation, or bush-taxis if they can afford them.
The Sambla are known for their Balafon music. They play the balafon with three players, which is very uncommon. Balafon is a form of language which anyone who grew up in the rural area understands. There is a Sambla troupe which performs traditional music and dance, who won a prize at "Bobo-92".


What Are Their Beliefs?

In the mid 1950s, Catholic missionaries came, and today, a large number of Sambla are Catholic, especially in Burkina Faso. Another important event was the influence of the "prophet" Moussa (French for "Moses") from Ivory Coast. He preached against traditional religions which he considered evil. Many turned to Islam or Catholicism at that time, though now many are returning to their traditional religion.


What Are Their Needs?

The Seemogo in Mali need to find ways to increase their harvests. They need help with water purification and modern farm equipment.


Prayer Points

The Seemogo people need to put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ rather than the spirit world. Pray for this to soon happen.
Pray for loving ambassadors of Christ to disciple Seemogo people to disciple others in the ways of Christ.
Pray for a spiritual hunger and discernment that will lead Seemogo communities to the only savior.


Scripture Prayers for the Seemogo in Mali.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14813/UV
https://www.culturesofwestafrica.com/glossary/sambla/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Seemogo
People Name in Country Seemogo
Alternate Names Sambla; Samo, Southern; Sembla; Southern Samo
Population this Country 6,700
Population all Countries 33,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 14813
ROP3 Code 108788
ROP25 Code 307331
ROP25 Name Seemogo
Country Mali
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 14  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Mali
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 14  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
17.00 %
Ethnic Religions
62.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
21.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Seenku (6,700 speakers)
Language Code sos   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Seenku (6,700 speakers)
Language Code sos   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Seenku

Primary Language:  Seenku

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

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