Introduction / History
Nemadi (Ikoku) are small hunting tribe of 400. According to some sources, their language is a dialect of Hassaniyya. According to others a mixture of Zenaga, Soninke and Hassaniyya. The name "Nemadi" itself appears to come from Soninke, where it means "master of dogs."
Where are they located?
Nemadi (Ikoku) are located in eastern Mauritania. Mauritania is one of the poorest countries in the world. AIDS and slavery are real threats to the people in this country.
What are their lives like?
Nemadi people are mainly hunters. Subsistence farming and animal herding are also part of their lives.
What are their beliefs?
Nemadi (Ikoku) people are 65 percent Islamic, and 35 percent practice only traditional religion. This people group is unreached and unengaged. There are no known believers among them. The Bible has been printed in their language, Hassaniyya, along with GRN audio resources, and the JESUS Film. They might not understand the dialect in these resources.
What are their needs?
The most pressing need of Nemandi (Ikoku) people is to understand the truth of the loving God who has made provision for them to become His children through full payment of their sins. Who will pay the price to tell them?
Believers in Mauritania are known to be imprisoned, beaten or ostracized by family or tribe. Pray for religious freedom in Mauritania.
Pray for encounters with the Lord Jesus, and that all who obey Him will be courageous.
Health issues are serious and must be addressed if people are to live the abundant lives that Christ offers.
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