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Kanuri, Bilma in Niger

Kanuri, Bilma

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
40,000 Kanuri, Bilma Islam 2.40 % 2.40 % No No   

Kanuri, Bilma in Niger

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Introduction / History
The Bilma Kanuri inhabit the oasis town of Bilma and some of the other oases in the Djado plateau of the Sahara Desert. They cultivate date palms in the oases, and also use a method of evaporation to produce salt from saline fields in the area that they mold into oblong "loaves" for easy transport. The town of Bilma finds its greatest importance because of its location which is important as a crossroads for two major trans-Saharan trade routes which have been used by merchants, pilgrims and bandits for centuries.

Tuareg traders crossing the Sahara in a westeast direction come from the city of Agadez with large camel caravans to trade dried meat, cloth and other goods for the dates and salt of Bilma. Each Bilma Kanuri family "adopts" a specific trader, cultivating a friendly relationship with him, and even placing orders for goods from year to year. The north-south trade route still connects the metropolis of Maïduguri, Nigeria, with the Libyan and Tunisian coast.

Though the Bilma Kanuri are the majority in the oasis towns, they have regular dealings with the Teda nomads in the area, as well as with the Tuareg, Hausa and Arab traders. Formal education is not very important to the Bilma Kanuri; few children attend school. Those students who desire higher learning, must travel across the desert to unfamiliar surroundings in order to attend grades 7 through 12.

The identity of the Kanuri is firmly intertwined with Islamic beliefs and practices. Authority is first of all with God, then with the father of the family. Supreme loyalty and respect is given to the father of the family at all times. The harsh environment surrounding the Bilma Kanuri has made the families into tightly knit units who have close dealings with each other, but limit their contacts with strangers.

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Country: Niger
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:50 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Agadez region: Bilma town area; group southwest.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Kanuri, Bilma
People Name General: Kanuri, Bilma
ROP3 Code: 115580
Joshua Project People ID: 19550
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 40,000
Population all Countries: 40,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Kanuri-Saharan
People Name General: Kanuri, Bilma
Ethnic Code: NAB61
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kanuri, Bilma (40,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bms    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.40 %(Evangelical: 2.40 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam97.60 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent35.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian20.00 %
Roman Catholic25.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Kanuri, Bilma in Niger

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People Cluster
    Kanuri-Saharan     Africa, West and Central    
      Kanuri, Bilma Niger    
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            Kanuri, Bilma in Niger          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Kanuri, Bilma  
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