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Dahalik in Eritrea

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,100 Dahalik Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Dahalik in Eritrea

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Introduction / History
It wasn't until 1996 that linguists were even aware that Dahalik is a different language than that of the nearby Afar people.

Where are they located?
Most Daliks live on a couple of islands off the coast of Eritrea. For that reason, they are isolated.

What are their lives like?
Though Eritrea is infamous for it's oppressive government, the Dahilik people might be fortunate because of their isolation.

What are their beliefs?
The Dahalik people are Muslim, but most likely they are not orthodox Muslims. People in the Horn of Africa tend to depend on spirits and animistic rituals.

What are their needs?
Since so few people speak their language, what do we do? Is it wise to produce a Bible for them, or should believers produce other kinds of gospel materials?

Prayer Points
* Pray for wisdom for anyone who wants to reach out to the Dahalik people with the gospel.
* Pray for audio gospel materials in their language.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement among the Dahalik people of Eritrea.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2014-01-13
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Country: Eritrea
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:6 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Semenawi K’eyih Bahri region: Dahlak Archipelago.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Dahalik
People Name General: Dahalik
ROP3 Code: 116855
Joshua Project People ID: 20565
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,100
Population all Countries: 1,100
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Ethio-Semitic
People Name General: Dahalik
Ethnic Code: CMT34
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Dahalik (1,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): dlk    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions15.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam85.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Dahalik in Eritrea

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People Cluster
    Ethio-Semitic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Dahalik Eritrea    
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            Dahalik in Eritrea          
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      Islam     Dahalik  
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