There are an estimated 40,000 to 70,000 Deaf in Mali. The relatively large number of Deaf is probably caused by meningitis.
Malian Sign Language is being taken over by American Sign Language, introduced to West Africa by the DeafAmerican missionary Andrew Foster.
Deaf in Mali are largely concentrated in high population areas, especially in the capital Bamako, where there is the greatest access to opportunities for the community.
"The greatest challenge among the deaf of Mali is that the population is not gathered into a central area. Additionally, education and interpretation for the deaf is extremely limited, even in churches with deaf members.
Those preparing ministry among the deaf must be willing to travel to many strategic locations within Mali. Communication with and working through the various associations is essential and will prove beneficial in organizing special gatherings of the deaf populations.
Christian resources available include complete Bible, tracts and Scripture portions." (from the subsaharanafricanpeoples website)
The Sign Language Situation in Mali, Victoria Nyst
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Region||West and Central Africa|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||32 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Mopti region: Koro circle, Diankabou township, Uluban village area. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Tebul Sign Language|
|Language Code||tsy Ethnologue Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Tebul Sign Language|
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