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Wara in Burkina Faso


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,300 Wara Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 0.60 % No No   

Wara in Burkina Faso

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Introduction / History
The Wara live in six villages among the hills that form the southwestern border between Burkina Faso and Mali. To an outsider, the region is quite striking in the ruggedness of its landscape and its relative lushness, resulting from a fairly large annual rainfall. Concerning Wara lifestyle, their chief occupation is subsistence farming. Any cash they earn comes from the sale of surplus crops of corn, and rice.

The Wara have closely-knit extended families. The eldest male of a clan acts as the family chief, his wife, children and grandchildren must submit to his authority. While the Wara seem to value their isolation, that isolation keeps away any benefits from development. There are no modern health care facilities in any Wara village, therefore malnutrition and health care problems brought about by contaminated water go untreated. Furthermore, only two Wara villages have schools - the rate of attendance among the Wara children is less than 30%.

It is in large part because of their isolation that the Wara have a dubious distinction: they are generally regarded as the last of Burkina Faso's peoples to wear clothing - a fact taught to many Burkinabe school children. In a region of the country that has seen much religious and social change, the Wara cling to their traditions. This includes the religious domain.

Unlike various neighbors who have succumbed to Islam, the Wara continue to follow the traditional religion. According to this worldview, spirits control health and nature; sacrifices are the means to keeping peace with the spirits. At the present moment, the only Christian presence is a Catholic church in one Wara village.

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Country: Burkina Faso
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Cascades region: Leraba province west of Banfora, Sindou town area. Main village is Néguéni.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Wara
People Name General: Wara
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 110684
Joshua Project People ID: 15862
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 9,300
Population all Countries: 9,300
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Wara
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Wara
Language Code (ISO): wbf    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Wara (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity7.00 %(Evangelical: 0.60 %)
Ethnic Religions70.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam23.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant10.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic90.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
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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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Wara in Burkina Faso

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People Cluster
    Gur     Africa, West and Central    
      Wara Burkina Faso    
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            Wara in Burkina Faso          
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      Ethnic Religions     Wara  
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