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Mararit in Chad


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
51,000 Mararit Islam 0.03 % 0.01 % No No   

Mararit in Chad

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Introduction / History
The Mararit and the Ab Sharib call themselves also the 'Ibilak '. They basically speak the same language with some slight differences. They share a common ancestral heritage.

Where are they located?
Most of them live in the east of Chad, north-east of the major market town of Abeche. The Ab Sharib branch of the Mararit people group moved northwards some time ago, into a more mountainous area.

What are their lives like?
Both groups benefit from living in an area with plentiful water supply. The gardens around the rivers can be cultivated all year round and they don't have to move their herds around to find water like some other groups in northern Chad. Agriculture lies at the heart of the life in Ibilak villages.

In many ways they appear to be satisfied with life. Living in an area with good water supplies they can subsist well, sustaining a traditional lifestyle in ways passed down from their forebears. In recent decades there were large numbers who went elsewhere for work when there were years with famine conditions. These days many of the men travel to other places, such as the Sudan or Ndjamena. With extra resources in hand many have returned and many plan to return and resume their livelihood in their villages in the Ouaddai province.

What are their beliefs?
Around the time the rains are expected, sacrifices are made before the seeds of their main staple, the millet, is sown. With that they ask for God's blessing of enough rain and a good harvest. These sacrifices probably go back to practices of pre-Islamic traditions, but today all the Ibilak profess to be Moslems.

Prayer Points
The Ibilak are a totally unreached people group. Pray that they will become open to hear the Gospel and that "the feet of those bringing the Good News" will come to the heartland of these people who have yet to discover who Jesus really is and what he could mean to them.
* 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: 2011-01-29
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Country: Chad
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Wadi Fira region: Biltine Department, Am Zoer Subprefecture (Abou Charib); Ouaddaï region: Assoungha department, Mabrone subprefecture (Mararit)
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Mararit
People Name General: Mararit
Alternate People Names:
AbiyiAbu Sharib
ROP3 Code: 106316
Joshua Project People ID: 13532
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 51,000
Population all Countries: 90,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Ouaddai-Fur
People Name General: Mararit
Ethnic Code: NAB66d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Mararit (51,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mgb    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Sub-division:Sunni
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.03 %(Evangelical: 0.01 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.97 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian100.00 %
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 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
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]
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Mararit in Chad

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People Cluster
    Ouaddai-Fur     Africa, West and Central    
      Mararit Chad    
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