The Tuareg are a Berber people, with the name "Tuareg" coming from the Berber name for a specific Libyan province. Some people regard the name Tuareg derisive. Tuareg groups have subgroups with different languages. For example, the Asben Tuareg speak Tayart Tamajeq.
Asben Tuareg are a nomadic people, occupying large areas of desert and the Sahel. Each Tuareg clan is made up of several family groups, led by their collective chief. In Tuareg society women do not traditionally wear the veil, whereas men do. The veil is often blue, and it can stain their skin. Tuareg women have great freedom and participate in family and tribal decisions.
They have been Muslim for generations but have preserved many pre-Islamic traditions. Islam is central to their identity, posing a barrier to the gospel.
Spiritual access to the Asben Tuareg is limited, both because of the terrain and by the strongly held Muslim beliefs of the people.
The New Testament and gospel recordings are available in the Tayart Tamajeq language. Christian radio would be useful for these people who are often moving about.
* Scripture Prayers for the Tuareg, Asben in Niger.
Pray the Tuareg tribes will have abundant rainfall for their herds and crops as a testimony of God’s love and power.
Pray for peaceful relations with neighboring tribes, and with the governments of Niger and Mali.
Pray that the few Asben Tuareg believers will be salt and light to those around them.
Pray for a movement of Tuareg disciples who make more disciples who make even more disciples.
Pray for Asben Tuareg people to be open to the ways of Jesus Christ.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2015-02-10|
|Tuareg profile for Children and Family Missions Activities|
|People Name General||Tuareg, Asben|
|People Name in Country||Tuareg, Asben|
|Natural Name||Asben Tuareg|
|Population this Country||188,000|
|Population all Countries||188,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||4|
|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|Persecution Rank||33 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Central, Agadez area Source: Ethnologue 2010|
|Primary Language||Tamajeq, Tayart (188,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||thz Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Tamajeq, Tayart
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1990)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
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|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.80 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|