The Tuaregs are one of the most unusual Berber peoples. Their homeland stretches from the western Sahara to western Sudan. They prefer the name "Tamacheq" over Tuareg, and they are divided into several main political groups or tribal units. Their distinguishing characteristics include the unity of their language, their alphabet which uses "tifinagh" characters, and their complex social organization. Although the origin and early history of the Tuareg are obscure, these tribal nomads appear to have traveled south from North Africa in a series of migrations as early as the seventh century. By the end of the 1300s, Tuareg tribes had established themselves as far south as the Nigerian border. Some of the lands they occupied in West Africa were at one time controlled by France. When French colonialism ended after WWII, many of these Africans were allowed to migrate to France as a source of cheap labor.
Like other African people groups, the Tamacheq in France have escaped the difficult life of their ancestors only to face a new set of challenges. These include racism, discrimination, unemployment, and the disadvantage of not having an education. A few Tamacheqs come to France to sell jewelry made by their skilled artisans, but most of them work as unskilled laborers. Without adequate education they must settle for menial, low-paying work. Hopefully the Tamacheq people in France will enjoy the benefits of higher education in the future. There are Tamacheqs who come to France to stay with friends or family living there. Such networking is a cornerstone of Tamacheq social life. It is common for these West Africans to live in France temporarily to earn money, then return home to their families.
The Tamacheq are Sunni Muslims who also engage in a variety of ethnic rituals and magic. They are considered to be lukewarm in their practice of Islam because of their traditional animistic practices. Those in France are more likely to participate in religious activities at the mosque than in African religion.
The Tamachaq need economic and educational assistance in order to compete in France's difficult job market. They also need to hear the truth of the gospel message.
* Scripture Prayers for the Tuareg, Tamajaq in France.
Pray for Lord to speak to the Tamachaq in the midst of their need. Pray for mission and Christian humanitarian organizations to reach out to them and demonstrate God's love. Pray for many Tamachaq to put their faith in Christ and to take the Good News back to their families and communities in Africa.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2011-04-19|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2018-04-17|
|Tuareg profile for Children and Family Missions Activities|
|People Name General||Tuareg, Tamajaq|
|People Name in Country||Tuareg, Tamajaq|
|Natural Name||Tamajaq Tuareg|
|Population this Country||26,000|
|Population all Countries||1,604,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Aulliminden; Kal Tamajaq; Tahoua; Tamajaq; Tamajeq|
|Primary Language||Tamajaq, Tawallammat (26,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||ttq Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Tamajaq, Tawallammat
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2015-2016)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Tamajaq, Tawallammat|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Tamajaq, Tawallammat|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Gospel of Jesus-Christ|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|