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Masna in Mauritania

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,800 Hassaniyya Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Masna in Mauritania

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Introduction / History
Mauritania's main exports are fish, iron ore, and recently oil (offshore production). Corruption is a significant factor in the Mauritanian economy at all levels. Slavery is allegedly still a factor, especially in the interior.

There are not many people groups in Mauritania, but one of them is the Masna people, who are of Soninke origin. They are Black Africans in a country dominated by Arabized people.

Where are they located?
Masna people are widespread in Mauritania.

What are their lives like?
The Masna people own majority rights over the extraction of salt from fields of amersal, a salty crust that forms after summertime rains on the lakebeds that surround Tichit; the salt is sold predominantly to herders as an animal-feed supplement. Some earn their livelihood through farming and animal herding.

What are their beliefs?
not translated into their heart language, Hassaniyya, nor in their secondary language, Zenaga. There are GRN audio recordings, and the JESUS Film in Hassaniyya.

What are their needs?
The most pressing need of the Masna people is to understand the truth of the loving God, who has made provision for them to become His children through full payment of their sins. Who will pay the price to tell them?

Prayer Points
There are only a small number of Mauritanian believers worldwide. Believers in Mauritania are known to be imprisoned, beaten, or ostracized by family or tribe. Pray for religious freedom in Mauritania. Pray for Godly leaders to develop among the small number of believers.
Pray for encounters with Lord Jesus, and that all who obey Him will be courageous and loving in their witness to others.
Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to emerge among the Masna people of Mauritania.


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Country: Mauritania
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:20 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Widespread.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Masna
People Name General: Masna
ROP3 Code: 113941
Joshua Project People ID: 18370
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,800
Population all Countries: 2,800
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Berber-Saharan
People Name General: Masna
Ethnic Code: CMT32
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hassaniyya
Language Code (ISO): mey    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Zenaga (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
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: 2002-2005
New Testament:
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
Audio RecordingsAudio New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hassaniyya
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralGospel resources links
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
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Masna in Mauritania

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People Cluster
    Berber-Saharan     Africa, West and Central    
      Masna Mauritania    
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            Masna in Mauritania          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Hassaniyya  
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