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Karaboro, Western in Burkina Faso

Karaboro, Western

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
65,000 Karaboro, Western Islam 4.00 % 2.00 % No No   

Karaboro, Western in Burkina Faso

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Introduction / History
The Syem, or Western Karaboro, are one of the many small groups inhabiting the southwestern corner of Burkina Faso. As far as culture is concerned, they are quite similar to the Kai, or Eastern Karaboro. Linguistically, however, their speech varieties are quite distinct. That is the reason for this separate profile.

The Syem live in a pretty region: their homeland is dotted with hills and small lakes. While the Kai are noted for their millet and maize farming, the Syem focus less on that. Their main crop is rice. They are also involved in various crafts and money making trades: they produce palm wine, grow vegetables to be sold at the local market , make pottery, weave baskets, and other things. As far as development needs of the group, the Syem are better off than many peoples of Burkina. A hospital is within 10 miles (15km) of most Syem villages. At least five of eleven Syem villages have elementary schools. Middle and high schools are quite close. However, much could be done regarding local health education and nutrition.

The Syem are almost entirely Muslim. Their occupation as merchants encourages this attachment. Non Muslims have a hard time establishing themselves in the local markets. It is also a question how much they still adhere to traditional religion. In any event , the Gospel has had very little success in penetrating the Syem culture. Pray that the Lord opens hearts to His truth. A further complication is that the Gospel will probably only be presented to them in the Jula language, which is a second language to them. They are very proficient in Jula, but it is not the language of their heart. Pray that the Lord uses His means in his timing. As a final prayer request, pray that the Syem will be stimulated to become literate in Jula. This will greatly help them in all basic education, learning about agriculture and health and it may also open up the spiritual truth they so very much need.

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Country: Burkina Faso
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Cascades region: Comoe province, west of main Ferké to Bobo-Dioulosso road and Banfora. South.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Karaboro, Western
People Name General: Karaboro, Western
Alternate People Names:
KaraboroSenufo, Karaboro
Syem Syer
Western Karaboro
ROP3 Code: 110786
Joshua Project People ID: 15371
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 65,000
Population all Countries: 65,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Karaboro, Western
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Karaboro, Western (65,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kza    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity4.00 %(Evangelical: 2.00 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam86.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant50.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic50.00 %
(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
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Karaboro, Western in Burkina Faso

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People Cluster
    Gur     Africa, West and Central    
      Karaboro, Western Burkina Faso    
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