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. But they 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. In the case of the Zenagas who live in Mauritania, the Moors are a powerful ethnic group.
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 Qur'an 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.
* 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, despite the fact they live in a closed country.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to move through Zenaga communities in both Mauritania and Senegal
Text source: Keith Carey