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Jola-Lala, Lehar in Senegal

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
15,000 Laalaa Islam 10.00 % 1.50 % No No   

Jola-Lala, Lehar in Senegal

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Introduction / History
The Lehar are an agricultural people living in the west of Senegal near to the coast. They raise millet, peanuts, and beans as well as a variety of fruit trees. The Lehar live in square mud brick houses, clustered together in enclosed compounds. They are part of the larger Cangin people groups, originally all speaking one language. For various reasons, over the centuries, they split into their different ways and now have distinct, separate languages.

Christianity came to the Lehar in the early 1800s, but in the last 40 years the area has become largely Muslim. Desertification is causing the water table to drop each year and water is becoming more and more scarce. Spiritually most Lehar who practice Islam or Catholicism still retain many of their traditional animistic beliefs. It is these beliefs that need to be challenged with the Gospel.

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Country: Senegal
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Pambal area north of Thies, Mbaraglov, Dougnan; Tambacounda area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Jola-Lala, Lehar
People Name General: Jola-Lala, Lehar
ROP3 Code: 105600
Joshua Project People ID: 19113
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 15,000
Population all Countries: 15,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Atlantic-Jola
People Name General: Jola-Lala, Lehar
Ethnic Code: NAB56c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Laalaa (15,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): cae    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity10.00 %(Evangelical: 1.50 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam80.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant5.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic85.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Jola-Lala, Lehar in Senegal

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People Cluster
    Atlantic-Jola     Africa, West and Central    
      Jola-Lala, Lehar Senegal    
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            Jola-Lala, Lehar in Senegal          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Laalaa  
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