Their name means "Marghi cry with drums," referring to the distinctive drum-songs used at festivals and funerals. Also known as Margi South, they are closely related to Marghi Central and Marghi West. The people live in rural areas keeping small farms.
There has been a Christian influence since the 1920s; 70 to 80 percent claim church affiliation and attend Sunday services. Though Marghi Christians are in the majority, they still suffer both subtle and overt persecution from those professing other beliefs. They are denied jobs, promotions and raises they deserve. Sometimes they can't get services to which they are entitled because of their beliefs; for example, authorities withhold building permits for churches. This kind of treatment discourages the believers. Scripture in their mother tongue will both strengthen their personal faith and it will give them tools through which to share their faith with others.
Believers are concerned about divorce, substance abuse and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Couples need to discover their identity in Jesus and look to Him to meet their needs, allowing His life through them to slow the soaring divorce rate. Those caught in the trap of substance abuse and sexual promiscuity need to know the One who can satisfy the longings that can lead to destructive behaviors.
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|Region||West and Central Africa|
|Persecution Rank||12 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Borno state: Askira-Uba LGA; Adamawa state: Mubi and Michika LGAs. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Marghi South (215,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||mfm Ethnologue Listing|
|Dialect Code||13722 Global Recordings Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Marghi South|
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|Christianity (Evangelical 8.50 %)||
|Other / Small||
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