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Deaf in Burundi


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
115,000 Language unknown Christianity 90.46 % Unknown No No   

Deaf in Burundi

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Introduction / History
The Deaf walk silently among us in every city, town, village and neighborhood of the world. In spite of its small size, the country of Burundi has nearly 60,000 people who are Deaf and potentially speak Burundi Sign Language.
Deaf children with hearing parents are the only ones in the world who do not learn language from their parents. Those who cannot communicate with hearing parents are, by definition, born into a dysfunctional family. Because hearing parents usually cannot communicate with their Deaf child, they are unable to transmit their values, convictions or beliefs.

The Deaf tend to congregate in areas where there are Deaf schools, although only 1 Deaf child in 5 is able to attend school. There are no Deaf high schools or colleges. In those that do exist, the vast majority of teachers are hearing and do not know or understand true Sign Language. Hearing teachers, like hearing parents, are unable to transmit cultural values and beliefs to Deaf children, therefore they receive an extremely limited and poor education.

The Deaf child is left to try to visually determine his/her worldview. Many say they learn the "rules of life" by watching the action on TV or in movies. Hearing Sunday School teachers and pastors are not able to communicate truth or their beliefs to Deaf children.

For this reason, the "Know God How?" series (the first set of sign language Bible stories on DVD) was translated by D.O.O.R. International (Deaf Opportunity OutReach) and launched November 14, 2011 in Burundi's capitol city of Bujumbura. More than one hundred Deaf witnessed the celebration and were thrilled to receive even part of the Bible in their own language. Some broke into tears as they held the DVDs close to their chests, proclaiming it was "the gift of God" that they had been waiting for.

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Country: Burundi
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
ROP3 Code: 114916
Joshua Project People ID: 19007
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 115,000
Population all Countries: 46,968,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Deaf
People Cluster: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
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Primary Language: Language unknown (115,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): Unknown     
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity90.46 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions3.80 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam5.50 % 
Non-Religious0.09 % 
Other / Small0.15 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative 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
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Deaf in Burundi

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People Cluster
    Deaf     Africa, East and Southern    
      Deaf Burundi    
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      Christianity     Language unknown  
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