Soninke in United States


Population
5,400
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge


Soninke People Video

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Introduction / History

One of the first Soninke settlements was established in Ghana around A.D. 750. Because of persecution by the Berbers, the Soninke dispersed into small groups within the neighboring regions. The three main sub-groups of the Soninke are the Marka, Nono, and Azer. Often, these tribes are further broken into smaller clans that specialize in various crafts. Some of these groups eventually intermixed with the local Wolof, Serer, and Malinke tribes.

The Soninke live primarily along the Senegal River where it enters the western border of Mali in the Kayes, Yelimane, Nioro, and Nara regions. Other small tribes settled along the borders of Cote d'Ivoire coast and Burkina Faso. Due to influence by a large nomadic tribe known as the Fulani, the Soninke have become farmers and herdsmen.


Where Are they Located?

Starting around 2000, there has been an increase in the number of African migrants to the United States. They are most likely to live in Texas, New York, California, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts or Virginia. Those from Senegal like the Soninke live mostly in Harlem, Chicago, or New Jersey.


What Are Their Lives Like?

and certain needed skills. That goes for West Africans like the Soninke people.

As a general rule, when West Africans migrate to the US, they form their own ethnic specific neighborhoods. That way they only deal with people from their own language and culture. When their population is big enough, they form their own ethnic group specific mosque.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Soninke in Mali are Sunni Muslims. The remainder are a mixture of various animistic religions (believe that non-human objects have spirits). Those who live in the US are likely to either become more traditional Muslims or become more secularized.


What Are Their Needs?

The Soninke people, be they in West Africa or the US, need the opportunity to allow Jesus Christ to transform their lives. They have a much better chance of that happening in the US if believers make a point of reaching out to them.


Prayer Points

* Pray that God will give the small number of Soninke believers boldness to share Christ with their own people.
* Ask the Lord to send forth more laborers to New York City to reach the Soninke people who live there.
* Ask the Lord to raise up a disciple making movement among the African diaspora in the US that will extend to Africa itself.
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the spiritual soil of Mali through worship and intercession.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11774/NI
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14996/ML
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/14/african-immigrant-population-in-u-s-steadily-climbs/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  
Expanded PDF Profile

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-05-05
Link Up Africa
People Name General Soninke
People Name in Country Soninke
Population in United States 5,400
World Population 2,582,100
Total Countries 8
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Azer, Sarakole, Sarawulé, Serahuli, Serer, Toubakai
People ID 14996
ROP3 Code 109413
Country United States
Region North America and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United States
Region North America and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Soninke (5,400 speakers)
Language Code snk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Soninke
Primary Language Soninke (5,400 speakers)
Language Code snk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Soninke

Primary Language:  Soninke

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (2001-2012)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Soninke
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Soninke
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Link Up Africa 
Video Source LinkUp Africa
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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