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Nuna, Southern in Burkina Faso

Nuna, Southern

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
201,000 Nuni, Southern Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 8.00 % No   

Nuna, Southern in Burkina Faso

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Introduction / History
The Southern Nuna are one of two major Nuna dialects in Burkina Faso. The traditional center of the region is the town of Leo, located approximately 10km from the Ghanaian border. By trade the Southern Nuna are subsistence farmers. They enjoy an annual rainfall that allows for a variety of crops, such as millet, maize, sorghum, peanuts and yams. They earn cash, cotton is grown. The Nuna also take advantage of the closeness to Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire in the search for paying jobs.

Their belief in traditional religion is quite strong. In this world view, man attempts to appease the spirits and divinities through sacrifices. Nevertheless, both Islam and Roman Catholicism have gained many followers, as both tend to turn a blind eye to traditional practices becoming intermingled with their own. As for the Protestant churches, several are scattered throughout the Nuni region, although the number of adherents remains small.

A blessing for the Southern Nuna is the development of their language, Southern Nuni. Primers and reading materials have been produced, and literacy centers have had some success. Nevertheless, the lack of motivation to learn to read and write is somewhat discouraging. Pray that the Southern Nuna accept this innovation. The New Testament in Southern Nuni is now printed, and the translation of the Old Testament is about to begin. A second blessing for the southern region are programs to teach better hygiene and farming practices, run by an organization called CREDO.

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Country: Burkina Faso
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:3
Location in Country:Boucle du Muhoun region: Bale province, east Mouhoun province; Centre-Ouest region: Sissili and Zuri provinces, Sanguie province; Centre-Sud region: west Narhouri. Over 100 villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Nuna, Southern
People Name General: Nuna, Southern
Alternate People Names:
NounoumaNuni, Southern
Nunuma Nunuma, Southern
ROP3 Code: 107508
Joshua Project People ID: 14064
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 201,000
Population all Countries: 201,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Nuna, Southern
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Nuni, Southern
Language Code (ISO): nnw    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity25.00 %(Evangelical: 8.00 %)
Ethnic Religions50.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam25.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent2.00 %
Protestant35.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic63.00 %
(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
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Bible Portions: 1987-2001
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Southern Nuni
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Nuna, Southern in Burkina Faso

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      Nuna, Southern Burkina Faso    
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