Zenaga in Senegal

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People Name: Zenaga
Country: Senegal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 500
World Population: 1,500
Primary Language: Zenaga
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Berber-Saharan
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Zenaga is a Berber language. Berbers generally prefer to call themselves Amazigh, meaning free men. They are the original inhabitants of North Africa, which has been overrun by the Roman Empire, and later by the Arabs in the 600s. Since that time, they have largely been "Arabized" meaning their language and culture have been influenced by the Arabs. Berbers still yearn for freedom no matter where they live.

In general, Berbers feel that the more powerful Arabs have controlled them, though the two groups have often worked together throughout history. Berber groups like the Zenaga speakers would love to have complete freedom, but there are more powerful groups wherever they live. Those in Senegal might feel that the Wolof people hold too much power.

Where Are they Located?

Zenaga speakers live in either Mauritania or Senegal.

What Are Their Lives Like?

It is highly possible that Zenaga Berbers are not satisfied with their economic situation or the lack of good roads, potable water or electricity.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The primary religion practiced by the Zenaga Berbers in Mauritania is Sunni Islam, the largest branch of Islam. Sunni Muslims follow the teachings of the Koran and consider the first four caliphs to be the rightful successors of Muhammad.

What Are Their Needs?

There are few if any Christian materials in their language.

Prayer Points

* There are no Zenaga speakers who have embraced Jesus Christ, so pray for the Holy Spirit to move in their communities in the coming years.
* Pray for opportunities for Zenaga speakers to hear and respond to Jesus Christ.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to move through Zenaga communities in both Mauritania and Senegal.

Text Source:   Keith Carey