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Zenaga in Mauritania



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,000 Hassaniyya Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Zenaga in Mauritania

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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.

Prayer Points
* 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
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11621/SG
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berbers
http://countrystudies.us/mauritania/30.htm
http://www.country-data.com/cgi-bin/query/r-8513.html
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11621/SG
http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=13581
http://www.sciencephoto.com/media/469298/view
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenaga_language

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Country: Mauritania
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:25 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Trarza region: Atlantic coast to Mederdra
(Source: Ethnologue 2018)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Zenaga
People Name General: Zenaga
Alternate People Names:
BerberDuaish
IdaouichMasna
Nimadi
ROP3 Code: 102734
Joshua Project People ID: 11621
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,000
Population all Countries: 1,500
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Berber-Saharan
People Name General: Zenaga
Ethnic Code: CMT32i
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Hassaniyya
Language Code (ISO): mey    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Zenaga (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
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: Yes
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsAudio New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Hassaniyya
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hassaniyya
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
 
 
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Zenaga in Mauritania

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