Algerian Tuareg in Niger

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Introduction / History

Tuaregs (aka, Tamacheqs) are descended from Berbers in the region that is now Libya, and also from ancient Saharan peoples. Early in their history, Algerian Tamacheq people were involved in slave trading. Those who were not used as slaves were assimilated into Tamacheq society. This is one of the reasons they are sometimes despised by other people groups and given the derisive name, "Tuareg." These tough people are considered trouble-makers, sometimes for good reason, and sometimes out of prejudice.

Following the independence of African countries in the 1960s, Tamacheq territory was artificially divided into modern nations: Niger, Mali, Algeria, Libya, and Burkina Faso. The Tamacheqs adopted camel nomadism, along with its distinctive form of social organization, from camel-herding Arabs about two thousand years ago.

Where Are they Located?

Most of the Algerian Tamacheqs live in the southeastern part of Algeria, but some live further south in Niger.

What Are Their Lives Like?

For most Algerian Tamacheqs in Niger, if there weren't tents available, there would be no homes at all. Camels are the center of their economic activity and lifestyle. They provide milk, meat, hair for textiles and clothing, as well as muscle for moving equipment and heavy loads. This has been the national routine for 2,000 years now, since the camel was introduced by the Arabs. Tamacheqs are known to enjoy a cup of hot, strong, sweet tea, particularly while visiting with foreigners who come to experience their homeland.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though the Tamacheqs are virtually all Sunni Muslim, they have a reputation among other Muslims for being lukewarm in their faith. They practice a passive form of Islam, infused with folk beliefs and magic. Most do not even celebrate the most important Muslim Fast of Ramadan.

What Are Their Needs?

There are few known Tamacheq believers in Niger. Prayer is the key to reaching the Tamacheq people with the gospel.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Tuareg, Algerian in Niger.

* Pray that the small number of believers will rise to the challenge of taking the gospel to their people.
* Pray that gospel broadcasts will soon be produced in their language.
* Pray that God will grant wisdom and favor to mission agencies focusing on the Tamacheq peoples in Niger.
* Ask the Lord to save key leaders among the Algerian Tamacheqs who will boldly declare the gospel.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among them that will reach the Algerian Tamacheq in Algeria as well as Niger.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Tuareg profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Tuareg, Algerian
People Name in Country Tuareg, Algerian
Natural Name Algerian Tuareg
Pronunciation al-JEER-ee-uhn TWA-reg
Population this Country 25,000
Population all Countries 194,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Algerian Saharan Spoken; Arabic, Algerian Saharan Spoken; Arabized Tuareg; Arab-Speaking; Aruat; Asben Tuareg; Chaamba Bedouin; Laguat Bedouin; Nail Bedouin; Shaanba; Tamanrasset Tuareg; Tuareg Arab-Speaking; Uled Nail
People ID 15226
ROP3 Code 109776
Country Niger
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Agadez area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Niger
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Agadez area..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Arabic, Algerian Saharan Spoken (25,000 speakers)
Language Code aao   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Algerian Saharan Spoken (25,000 speakers)
Language Code aao   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Algerian Saharan Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Algerian Saharan Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1992)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Algerian Saharan Spoken
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.90 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
20.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
15.0 %
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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