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Deaf in Tunisia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
58,000 Tunisian Sign Language Islam 0.22 % Unknown No No   

Deaf in Tunisia

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Introduction / History
There may be about 32,000,000 deaf people living in the world today, depending on how the term is defined. There are 60,000 deaf people living in the country of Tunisia.

Where are they located?
Deaf people live in all provinces in Tunisia. They are not grouped in any particular region or city.

What are their lives like?
The deaf in Tunisia can be divided into three groups, the slightly deaf , moderately deaf , and severely deaf. Those who are slightly and moderately deaf can use devices that help them hear and speak. As for the severely deaf , they can only communicate with sign language. Sign language is not common to those outside Tunisia's deaf society.

Associations are emerging in many cities throughout the country that teach sign language. The deaf can find community in these places, though transport can be challenging for those who live very far from the nearest association. The deaf have virtually no career options and it very difficult to find anyone willing to hire them. Most deaf people have no options for marriage.

There is a village in the region of Nabeul (northern Tunisia) that is entirely deaf. About 500 people call this place home. The village became entirely deaf through generations of intermarriage. The former dictator, Ben Ali, took advantage of these people by putting wind turbines on their land and gave them no financial reimbursement for it. As a result, the only way these people have found to survive is through fishing.

What are their needs?
Many hearing people tend to think the deaf are not very intelligent because of the communication barriers, as well as the speech patterns deaf exhibit.

Many deaf people feel hearing people oppress them and purposely withhold information from them. There is very little "mixing" of the core deaf community with the hearing community. The difficulty with being deaf is not the inability to hear, but the great barrier to communicating with the surrounding dominant culture, especially as related to acquiring information. The great barrier to communication is also a barrier for the Deaf in Tunisia to gain access to the Gospel. This population especially needs resources that will get the Gospel to them in Tunisian Sign Language.

Prayer Points
* Pray that God gives the Deaf in Tunisia dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that Tunisian Christians will find ways of leading the Tunisian Deaf to Jesus Christ.

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Country: Tunisia
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
Persecution Rank:37 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
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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: 58,000
Population all Countries: 46,968,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
Affinity Bloc: Deaf
People Cluster: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
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Primary Language: Tunisian Sign Language (58,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tse    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.22 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.02 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.37 % 
Non-Religious0.30 % 
Other / Small0.09 % 
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
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
GSEC Status:Level 0   No evangelical Christians or churches. No access to major evangelical print, audio, visual, or human resources
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Deaf in Tunisia

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People Cluster
    Deaf     Africa, North and Middle East    
      Deaf Tunisia    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Deaf in Tunisia          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Tunisian Sign Language  
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