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Birifor, Northern in Burkina Faso



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
217,000 Birifor, Malba Ethnic Religions 16.00 % 6.00 %   

Birifor, Northern in Burkina Faso

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Introduction / History
The people name is Birifor and the language they speak is Birifor which is found in two dialects, the northern dialect, spoken in the Malba region, and the southern dialect, spoken in the Batie region. It is a Voltaic language related to the Dagara language with which it shares part of the vocabulary. The Birifir are found in the south west of Burkina Faso, and also in the north west of Ghana, in the Wa region. Their Birifor dialect again is different. It is believed that the Birifor in Burkina migrated from Ghana many years ago.

What are their lives like?
They live in extended families, in very large mud houses. At some point the sons with their wives and children move away from their father's house and start living on their own. They live off the land and sometimes have small cattle and chickens. Their economy is one of exchange; on the market that takes place every fifth day, they sell their surplus goods and buy what they need. Main products are local home-made goods and livestock. Some goods are still paid for with cowry shells. Malaria is common.

What are their beliefs?
The main religion is Animism. Mission activity took place from 1961 onward and a Protestant evangelical denomination is now established in Burkina Faso as well as in Ghana. The language was analyzed and exists in writing. Literacy classes are organized every year in many villages. The New Testament is translated in the northern Birifor dialect (1993) and in the Ghanaian dialect.

What are their needs?
Primary needs are economic. Harvests are not sufficient to feed the people all year round. Many other needs stem from this economic need.

Prayer Points
* Strengthening of the leadership in the church
* Discipling of new believers
* Better crops and larger harvests
* Good health care

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Country: Burkina Faso
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:3
Location in Country:Sud-Ouest region: Ioba, Bougouriba, Noumbie and Poni provinces. West of Volta Noire.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Birifor, Northern
People Name General: Birifor, Northern
Alternate People Names:
Malba
ROP3 Code: 101480
Joshua Project People ID: 10870
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 217,000
Population all Countries: 217,000
Least-Reached: No
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Birifor, Northern
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
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Language
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Primary Language: Birifor, Malba
Language Code (ISO): bfo    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Birifor
Dialect Code:1721
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity16.00 %(Evangelical: 6.00 %)
Ethnic Religions82.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam2.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent3.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic77.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
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: Yes
New Testament:
1994Audio
Complete Bible: None Reported
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)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Birifor, Malba
 
 
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