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Birgid in Chad

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
28,000 Birgit Islam 0.10 % 0.08 % No No   

Birgid in Chad

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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 almost 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.


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Country: Chad
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Ouaddaï region: Djourf al Ahmar department, centered in Abgué; Salamat region: Aboudéïa and Barh-Azoum departments; west Sila and south Batha regions.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Birgid
People Name General: Birgid
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101282
Joshua Project People ID: 10807
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 28,000
Population all Countries: 28,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Nubian
People Name General: Birgid
Ethnic Code: NAB62m
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Birgit (28,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): btf    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.10 %(Evangelical: 0.08 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.90 % 
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 0   No evangelical Christians or churches. No access to major evangelical print, audio, visual, or human resources
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Birgid in Chad

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People Cluster
    Nubian     Africa, West and Central    
      Birgid Chad    
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      Islam     Birgit  
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