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Kimr in Sudan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
181,000 Tama Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Kimr in Sudan

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Introduction / History
The Kimr people are a tribe belonging to a larger group known as the Tama. This larger group is concentrated along the Chad/Sudan border and is made up of several ethnic groups including the Abu Sharib, the Kibet, the ararit, the Kimr, the Sungor, the Erenga, and the Tama.

They all speak dialects of the Tama language; however, many also speak Arabic as a trade language.

These tribes live very similarly to one another. They live in similar regions (sandy, hilly), grow similar crops, build similar homes, and share similar cultures and lifestyles.

What are their lives like?
The Tama make their living by farming and raising cattle, though a few Tama tribes are non-nomadic shepherds.

These settled tribes also plant small gardens, with crops including millet, sorghum, sesame, peanuts, okra, onions, chilies, watermelons, and other vegetables. The Tama keep livestock including camels, cattle, goats, and sheep, from which they get wool, leather, and dairy products.

Their diet consists mainly of millet with sauce, goat meat, okra, and onions, though they occasionally hunt for meat (guinea, fowl, and gazelles).

In Tama society, the men mainly do the field work, trade at local markets, and work as craftsmen, while the women do various other jobs. During the rainy season, women gather wild grass, berries, honey, and other materials from the forests. They also help the men in the fields, make baskets, produce pottery, and brew beer from millet, which they either keep for their family or sell for profit.

The Tama people make their homes of reed mats and cone-shaped, thatched roofs. They are round structures and range from about 15-20 feet in diameter, and some have low, narrow entrances to keep out wild animals such as lions and hyenas. The people live together in village compounds, and each settlement has its own leader, or chief, who provides advice, settles disputes, and is responsible for making important decisions. The village chief is accountable to a territorial chief, and the territorial chief is then accountable to an even higher government leader.

What are their beliefs?
The Tama tribes are all Muslim and practice Islamic traditions, holidays and celebrations; however, many also practice animism and witchcraft alongside Islam.

What are their needs?
Because of the harsh climate of the desert region, the lack of natural resources, and the poor economy, many Tama leave their home territory and move elsewhere in search of work and a better life. Many end up in the Nile Valley, and often work as clerks, teachers, drivers, tailors, or automobile mechanics.

In most regions where the Tama live, education is not readily available. The schools that do exist are Islamic schools that are attended only by the boys. Because of this, illiteracy among the people is very high, though some Tama can afford to send their children abroad to attend school.

Educators and English teachers would be able to provide valuable service for these Muslims.

Those with skills in water purification and treatment could provide help and better health to this people group living in the dry climates of Sudan.

Because of the poor natural resources in the country, those who could market Kimr goods to a wider audience could provide economic help to these people.

Prayer Points
Ask the Lord to send forth laborers into Sudan to share the love of Jesus with the Kimr.
Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Kimr toward Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
Pray that God will open the hearts of Sudan's governmental leaders to the Gospel.
Ask the Lord to save key leaders among the Kimr who will boldly declare the Gospel.
* 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.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-01-11
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-01-25
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Country: Sudan
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Gharb Darfur state. Mileere dialect: Jabal Muun area, Salia town; Erenga dialect: Sirba area, Abu Suruj, Saraf Jidad, Bir Dagig, Kondobe, Budiflo, Tord, Shitkol, Muburung, Goboron, Agar, Immed Marloga, Gezin, Giilint, Zere, Kuma Mardok, Rigilmur, Abu Shadra, Matinoor, and Kengrem; Janub Darfur state: west of Nyala.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Kimr
People Name General: Kimr
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 105010
Joshua Project People ID: 12693
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 181,000
Population all Countries: 181,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Ouaddai-Fur
People Name General: Kimr
Ethnic Code: NAB66d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tama (181,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tma    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions7.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam93.00 % 
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
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]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
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Kimr in Sudan

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Ouaddai-Fur     Africa, East and Southern    
      Kimr Sudan    
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            Kimr in Sudan          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Tama  
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