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Susu in Sierra Leone

Susu

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
159,000 Susu Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %   

Susu in Sierra Leone

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Introduction / History
Most of the Susu live in Guinea, West Africa. However, other smaller tribes are also located in the neighboring countries of Sierra Leone and Senegal. They moved to their present location after 1725, when the Fulani attempted to dominate them and managed to convert them to Islam. Today, the Susu live in the Kambia, Bombali, and Port Loko districts of Sierra Leone.

The Susu language, called Soso or Susu, serves as a major trade language in the region and is almost indistinguishable from the language of the Yalunka. This close linguistic relationship supports the theory that the Susu and the Yalunka were once members of the same tribe in the Fouta Djallon region of Guinea. They were separated by Fula invaders, who forced the Susu to travel southward, absorbing other peoples in the process. Today, young Susu boys seem to be disillusioned with both Islam and socialism. Many have moved to the urban areas where poverty and idleness are serious problems.

What are their lives like?
The Susu are primarily farmers. Rice and grain are the two principal crops; however, pineapples, mangoes, and coconuts are also grown. The women make various kinds of palm oil from palm nuts, as well as peanut oil and soap. In addition to farming, fishing and salt production are important enterprises to the Susu economy. Salt is produced during the dry season, and it can take up to three months of intense work to produce anything substantial. The Susu are also well known for their trading, leather work, and metal work.

Susu houses are made of mud or cement blocks, depending on the resources available. The roofs of the urban homes are usually made of corrugated iron, while those in the more rural areas are still thatched. Houses are often built large enough to accommodate extended families. Although electricity is available in most places, cooking is still done over open fires. Unfortunately, clean, running water is not yet available for the Susu, but efforts are being made to dig wells throughout the region.

Although Western clothing is available in the markets, most of the Susu women prefer wearing their traditional African styles, which include long skirts that usually reach their ankles. Older men commonly wear loose fitting cotton robes, while the younger men prefer Western style clothes.

Relationships are very important in the Susu culture, yet there are many conflicts between neighbors. These disputes frequently involve disagreements over money or property. The extended family is also very important in their society. Polygyny (having multiple wives) is allowed under Muslim law but is only practiced by those who can afford it. Each village tends to have its own "wise man," as well as an elected or appointed leader whose task is to help resolve conflicts. The Friday meeting at the mosque (Muslim temple) remains an important social event.

Formal education for the Susu follows the French academic system and is offered only in the French language. In the past, the government tried educational programs in the local languages but were alarmed at the high rates of illiteracy in French that resulted. Consequently, these programs did not last.

What are their beliefs?
The Susu in Sierra Leone are almost entirely Muslim, and Islam dominates their religious culture and practices. Most of the standard Muslim religious festivals are observed. Their most important festival is the celebration at the end of Ramadan, which is a month long period of prayer and fasting.

What are their needs?
Because of the history of Christianity throughout the region, the Susu have been somewhat evangelized. The New Testament is available in their language. However, there are only a handful of known Susu believers in this region. The power of Islam needs to be broken over their lives in order for the Gospel to spread. Prayer is the key to seeing them reached with the Good News.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Holy Spirit to stir the hearts of the Susu youth and reveal to them that only Jesus can fill their lives with true peace.
* Pray for God to create an openness to Christianity within the hearts of the Susu.
* Pray that the Lord will raise up laborers who understand the Muslim culture and who can effectively take the Gospel to these precious people.
* Ask God to create a clean water supply for the Susu and grant wisdom to those who are currently working on this project.
* Pray that God will provide new contacts and strategies for the missions agencies that are trying to reach the Susu.
* Pray for the Susu living in the urban areas to emerge from poverty.
* Pray for the salvation of key Susu leaders who will boldly declare the Gospel.
* Ask God to raise up strong local churches among the Susu.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-02-28
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Country: Sierra Leone
Continent: Africa
Region: West and Central Africa
10/40 Window: No
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Northern province: interspersed throughout western sections.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Susu
People Name General: Susu
Alternate People Names:
SosoSusa
ROP3 Code: 109634
Joshua Project People ID: 15141
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 159,000
Population all Countries: 1,717,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Susu
People Name General: Susu
Ethnic Code: NAB63k
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Susu (159,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sus    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.01 %(Evangelical: 0.01 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam89.99 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1869-1963
New Testament:
1884-2010Audio
Complete Bible: 2015
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Susu
Text / Printed MatterBible: Susu Bible in Arabic Script
Text / Printed MatterBible: Susu New Testament
 
 
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Susu in Sierra Leone

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    Susu     West and Central Africa    
     
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      Susu Sierra Leone    
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