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Zirenkel in Chad

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
7,000 Zerenkel Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Zirenkel in Chad

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Introduction / History
Ancestors of the Zirenkel speakers of the Mongo area of Central Chad were originally Mubi from the Mangalmé area, around 150km to the east. At some point they moved west and the Dadju gave the land for three villages: Dambiro, Nikel and Sirbodom between the Dadjo and Dangaleat areas.

What are their lives like?
The Zirenkel live a similar subsistence agricultural lifestyle to other peoples of the Guera, intermarrying with Dadju and Dangaleat and others.

They are entirely Muslim, their existence as a distinct language group was only recently discovered. Though their language and the larger Mubi language to the east have many similar words, the Zirenkel cannot understand Mubi. Many are bilingual however in Chadian Arabic, Dadju or Dangaleat.

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Country: Chad
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Guéra region: Mongo subprefecture, Canton Dadjo I, Dambiro, Sirbodom, and Nikel villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Zirenkel
People Name General: Zirenkel
ROP3 Code: 115261
Joshua Project People ID: 18975
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 7,000
Population all Countries: 7,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Chadic
People Name General: Zirenkel
Ethnic Code: NAB60b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Zerenkel (7,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): zrn    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Zirenkel
Dialect Code:19370
Total Languages: 1
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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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Zirenkel in Chad

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Chadic     Africa, West and Central    
      Zirenkel Chad    
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            Zirenkel in Chad          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Zerenkel  
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