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Deaf in Mali

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
197,000 Tebul Sign Language Islam 2.64 % Unknown No No   

Deaf in Mali

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Introduction / History
There are an estimated 40,000 to 70,000 Deaf in Mali. The relatively large number of Deaf is probably caused by meningitis.

Malian Sign Language is being taken over by American Sign Language, introduced to West Africa by the Deaf American missionary Andrew Foster.

Where are they located?
Deaf in Mali are largely concentrated in high population areas, especially in the capital Bamako, where there is the greatest access to opportunities for the community.

What are their needs?
"The greatest challenge among the deaf of Mali is that the population is not gathered into a central area. Additionally, education and interpretation for the deaf is extremely limited, even in churches with deaf members.

Those preparing ministry among the deaf must be willing to travel to many strategic locations within Mali. Communication with and working through the various associations is essential and will prove beneficial in organizing special gatherings of the deaf populations.

Christian resources available include complete Bible, tracts and Scripture portions." (from the subsaharanafricanpeoples website)

References -profile
The Sign Language Situation in Mali, Victoria Nyst

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Country: Mali
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:24 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Bamako capital district.
(Source: Ethnologue 2018)
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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: 197,000
Population all Countries: 47,090,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Deaf
People Cluster: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
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Primary Language: Tebul Sign Language
Language Code (ISO): tsy    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Malian Sign Language (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.64 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions9.88 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam87.38 % 
Non-Religious0.10 % 
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
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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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Text / Printed MatterDoor International
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Deaf in Mali

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    Deaf     Africa, West and Central    
      Deaf Mali    
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            Deaf in Mali          
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      Islam     Tebul Sign Language  
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