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Soninke in Guinea-Bissau


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,800 Soninke Islam 0.50 % 0.30 % No   

Soninke in Guinea-Bissau

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Introduction / History
The Soninke are a people spread across at least seven countries in West Africa. They are primarily agriculturalists growing millet, rice, corn, peanuts and vegetables. They live in mud brick houses with flat roofs grouped together in enclosed compounds.

Historically, the Soninke are traders and travelers. With the increasing difficulty of farming resulting from the desertification of the land and since French colonialization, the Soninke have turned increasingly to travel and work outside of the area. Consequently, they have maintained an above average standard of living and are known to be relatively rich. In spite of being so well traveled, the Soninke have held fast to their traditional ways.

Economically, the Soninke are having to find new sources of income with the increasing difficulties in farming. Health care is a great need. Spiritually, the Soninke are known to be virtually all Muslim, although traditional beliefs are usually held alongside those of Islam. There are only 2 or 3 believers reported in Mali.

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Country: Guinea-Bissau
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Following 21 towns and villages: Bafata, Bajokunda, Berikunda, Bissau, Bissora, Camalija-Sori, Farim, Gabu, Kamonka, Kulikunda, Munjoro, Paunca, Pirada, Sari Sambi, Sincha Demba, Sincha Karimu, Sincha Samba, Sincha Sori, Sincha Ussumane, Sonaco, Teyibata. Many of these villages are in the Gabu region of northeastern Guinea-Bissau, near the Senegalese border, but are not limited to the Pirada sector. Others are towns scattered throughout Guinea-Bissau.
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People Name in Country: Soninke
People Name General: Soninke
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 109413
Joshua Project People ID: 14996
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 5,800
Population all Countries: 2,784,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Soninke
People Name General: Soninke
Ethnic Code: NAB63j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Soninke
Language Code (ISO): snk    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Serer-Sine (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.50 %(Evangelical: 0.30 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.50 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant15.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian5.00 %
Roman Catholic70.00 %
(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: 2001-2018
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Soninke
Film / VideoGod's Way: 1. Introduction
Film / VideoGod's Way: 11. Allah's Way & the Prophet ...
Film / VideoGod's Way: 7. Musa & the Law
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Soninke
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
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Soninke in Guinea-Bissau

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People Cluster
    Soninke     Africa, West and Central    
      Soninke Guinea-Bissau    
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