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Baggara, Shuwa Arab in Canada

Baggara, Shuwa Arab

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
700 Arabic, Chadian Spoken Islam 4.00 % 0.50 %   

Baggara, Shuwa Arab in Canada

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Introduction / History
The Shuwa Arabs are commonly referred to as the "Baggara." This name is derived from the Arabic word bagar, meaning "cow," and refers to the Arab tribes in West Africa who are cattle herders. They are spread from the Lake Chad region eastward to the Nile River in the countries of Sudan, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria, and the Central African Republic. They live in a hot, semi-arid climate with zones ranging from sparse shrub lands to wooded grasslands.

The Baggara tribes are of Arab descent and mainly speak the Shuwa dialect of the Arabic language. They entered western Sudan between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and have gradually moved east and west from there. By the eighteenth century, they were concentrated primarily to the north and east of Lake Chad. Their tribes continued moving eastward until they became widely scattered across the horizontal plains of West Africa. They have intermarried with the tribes who lived close to them. This mixture of blood has given the Baggara darker skin and thicker lips than other Arabs.

In recent decades, war has been a constant plague in the central African lands where the Shuwa Arabs live. Many have had to flee to safer lands like Canada where a small number of them are adjusting to an entirely different life.

Where are they located?
Shuwa Arabs in Canada live in Toronto, Hamilton, Calgary, and other urban centers.

What are their lives like?
Many Sudanese Arabs in Canada are unemployed due to a lack of language or job skills. Pray for them to get the training they need to thrive in Canada.

What are their beliefs?
The Baggara have been Muslims since the thirteenth century. They wear the clothes prescribed by the Muslim religion, and bury their dead facing Mecca, the "holy city" of Islam. The Baggara strongly believe in evil spirits. Each morning, a man sneezes in order to rid his nostrils of the evil spirit who slept there the night before.

What are their needs?
The Shuwa Arabs in Canada need people to help them with language and work skills so they can adjust to their new urban environment.

Prayer Points
* Pray for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Shuwa Arabs in Canada.
* Pray for a movement of Shuwa Arab households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Shuwa Arabs to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Shuwa Arabs in Canada.


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Country: Canada
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Baggara, Shuwa Arab
People Name General: Baggara, Shuwa Arab
Alternate People Names:
BaggaraChad Arab
Chadian ArabShuwa
Shuwa Arab Shuweihat
ROP3 Code: 108972
Joshua Project People ID: 14926
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 700
Population all Countries: 3,762,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Shuwa
People Name General: Baggara, Shuwa Arab
Ethnic Code: CMT30
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Arabic, Chadian Spoken (700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): shu    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Christianity4.00 %(Evangelical: 0.50 %)
Ethnic ReligionsUnknown 
Islam96.00 % 
Other / SmallUnknown 
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: 1964
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2020
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsArabic Bibles Online
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Audio RecordingsStoryRunners Oral Bible Stories
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Arabic, Chadian Spok ...
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Text / Printed MatterBible: Chadian Arabic (Arabic script)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Chadian Arabic (Roman script)
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Baggara, Shuwa Arab in Canada

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      Baggara, Shuwa Arab Canada    
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