Introduction / History At the end of the colonial era, tribal groups in Africa formed new nation states, usually based on the desires of the colonial powers. What now is Chad was ruled by the French, and what now is Sudan was ruled by the British. In today's world, there is a land called Darfur in western Sudan on the border with Chad, where there is never-ending fighting.
Much of the fighting is between farmers who want their land sectioned off as farms, and semi-nomadic herdsmen who want the land to be open as they move their livestock to new grazing lands. The two cannot occupy the same land, and conflict often erupts. There are many people groups in this region that are in jeopardy, including the Birgid people. It is the women and children who are most vulnerable in these situations.
Where are they located? The Birgid people live in eastern Chad. At one time there were Birgid people on the Sudan side of the border, but now they all live in Chad. One of their main locations is El Wehda.
What are their lives like? Many of the tribes in this part of Africa, including the Birgid people, have long-lasting conflicts with one another. The Birgid people are especially hostile towards the Zaghawa and the Rizeigat peoples.
What are their beliefs? The Birgid people are entirely Muslim. However, they have allowed traditional African religion to taint their Islamic beliefs.
What are their needs? The Birgid people desperately need to find more constructive ways to deal with their neighbors than fighting and killing. Until their issues with other tribes are resolved, they will live at a subsistence level, and innocent people will suffer.
Prayer Points * Pray that the strife and violence experienced by the Birgid people lead them to listening to the Prince of Peace.
* Pray for Birgid people to have dreams and visions of Jesus, so they can understand that He has the answers. At this time, they have almost no Christian materials or scriptures.
* Pray for a disciple making movement among Birgid men that will transform their communities into ways that are pleasing to God. * Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language. * Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people. * Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.