People-in-Country Profile

People Selector:
Print version:
Step 1 - Select a Country:   Send us your updates!
Step 2 - Select a People:  

Marka, Dafing in Burkina Faso

Marka, Dafing

Send us a photo of this people.  [1]

Marka, Dafing in Burkina Faso map
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
184,000 Marka Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 5.50 % No No   

Marka, Dafing in Burkina Faso

Profile Text
Submit Profile Text:

Introduction / History
The Marka constitute a large language group who occupy 60 villages in western Burkina Faso. Several thousand Marka live in neighboring Mali. The complexity of the group, with its varied tribes and dialects, makes evangelization and translation work difficult. The Marka are typical of most Burkinabe groups in that they earn their living by farming and raising animals. More and more young men are traveling to Cote d'Ivoire to work on plantations; lack of job opportunities is a major problem for Marka youth.

Families live in square mud huts, and travel by foot, bicycle, moped, or donkey. People enjoy playing soccer, and also spend time making pottery, cloth, and wooden carvings. The Marka retain a strict social and political hierarchy that includes a King, litigation chiefs, war chiefs, and heads of clans and families. There is one central "head" to unify the people, but also a certain amount of autonomy within each village. Translators, literacy workers, and church planters are all needed in the area. Cooperation and teamwork among different missionary groups will help facilitate the spread of the gospel.

View Marka, Dafing in all countries.

Prayer Links
  Submit Update:
Country: Burkina Faso
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:6
Location in Country:Boucle du Muhoun region: Bale, Banwa, Nayala, and Sourou provinces; Kossi and Mouhoun provinces: Nouna and Dedougou areas.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
Submit Map:
Country Map:Political map
Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
Submit Update:
People Name in Country: Marka, Dafing
People Name General: Marka, Dafing
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 106346
Joshua Project People ID: 13550
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 184,000
Population all Countries: 243,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Malinke
People Name General: Marka, Dafing
Ethnic Code: NAB63a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
Submit Update:
Primary Language: Marka (184,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): rkm    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Safané
Dialect Code:13770
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
Submit Update:
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity14.00 %(Evangelical: 5.50 %)
Ethnic Religions58.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam28.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant40.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic55.00 %
(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
Submit Update:
Bible Portions: 1987
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)
Ministry Activity
Register Ministry Activity:
Networking: Visit for networking possibilities.
Description: Register your ministry activity among this people group. Contact the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse and Unleashed for the Unreached to learn about others that might be focused on this people group.
Data Notes
Data Sources

Marka, Dafing in Burkina Faso

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Malinke     Africa, West and Central    
      Marka, Dafing Burkina Faso    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Marka, Dafing in Burkina Faso          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Marka  
    All Religions                              

Direct link: