Sudanese Arab in Netherlands

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Sudan obtained its independence from Britain and Egypt in 1956. Unfortunately, since that time Sudan has experienced a series of civil wars, revolutions, ethnic cleansings, genocides, droughts, famines, and wars with surrounding African countries. As a result, many Sudanese Arabs have left their homeland in search of a better life where there is less danger. A group of Sudanese left Sudan and come to live in the Netherlands. Starting in the eighth century over a period of one thousand years, the inhabitants of northern and central Sudan gradually became Muslims. This Arabization of the population took place by military conquest and trade. The various ethno-linguistic groups of Sudan adopted Arabic as their first language and converted to Islam. These peoples make up the Sudanese Arabs of today. The New Testament, JESUS Film, and radio programs are available in Sudanese Arabic. Educated Sudanese Arabs speak English. One of the first things the Sudanese must do in the Netherlands is learn the Dutch language.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Netherlands enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world. Prosperity and freedom of religion makes it an attractive place for Sudanese Arab refugees. Starting in the 1980s, Sudanese Arabs began coming to the Netherlands. They put their children Dutch public schools. Men and women need jobs to support their families. At first Sudanese take any job available such as in restaurants, security, factories, maintenance, and taxi drivers. As the Sudanese became better educated, they are able to get higher paying jobs and send money home to their relatives still in Sudan or in refugee camps in neighboring African nations. Most Sudanese have come to live in Dutch cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Hague. Now there are small Sudanese Arab communities in other Dutch cities. Recently arrived Sudanese need help in finding places to live, learning Dutch, and getting jobs. Some Dutch churches have sponsored refugees from Sudan.
In Sudan many live in extended families with three generations living under one roof. In the Netherlands most Sudanese live in nuclear families with their relatives and friends nearby. As children master Dutch, they gain the opportunity to attend university and earn professional degrees. In Sudan a man may have up to four wives. In the Netherlands, monogamy (marriage to one spouse) is the law. As Sudanese families in the Netherlands get established, they try to bring their relatives and friends in Sudan to the Netherlands and join them.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Sudanese Arabs are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. Sunnis try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. Sunnis believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, using deceit, slandering, and making idols.
The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. In the Netherlands, the Sudanese are able to enjoy religious freedom. A tiny fraction of Sudanese in the Netherlands has converted to Christianity. Muslims are generally more open to the claims of Christ living in the Netherlands than they would be living in a Muslim nation.

What Are Their Needs?

Sudan needs a just and lasting peace if the millions of refugees are to return. Sudanese people who come to the West need places to live and help learning English. Their children must be enrolled in school. Most Sudanese must learn new job skills to get employment in Dutch cities. Most Sudanese have never heard a clear presentation of the gospel. Churches that help Sudanese with their physical needs will gain an entrance for sharing the good news.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Sudanese in Netherlands.

Pray that Sudanese Arab parents will be able to provide for the needs of their children. Ask the Lord to move Dutch churches and believers to sponsor Sudanese refugees. Pray the Holy Spirit will soften the spiritual hearts of the Sudanese Arabs in the Netherlands so that they can be blessed by a movement to Christ.
Ask the Lord to bring a spiritual harvest from the Sudanese Arabs in the Netherlands and the new believers would be incorporated into evangelical churches.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Sudanese
People Name in Country Arab, Sudanese
Natural Name Sudanese Arab
Population this Country 700
Population all Countries 17,548,000
Total Countries 18
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Arabic, Sudanese Spoken; Sudanese; Sudanese Arab
People ID 15104
ROP3 Code 109571
Country Netherlands
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Netherlands
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Arabic, Sudanese Spoken (700 speakers)
Language Code apd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Sudanese Spoken (700 speakers)
Language Code apd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Sudanese Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Sudanese Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1927-1964)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1978-2005)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bible Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Sudanese Spoken
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.50 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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