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Razihi in Yemen


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
69,000 Razihi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Razihi in Yemen

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Introduction / History
Though we think of Yemen as an Arabic-speaking nation, there are smaller languages and dialects spoken at the local level. One of these is Razihi. Linguists do not agree about whether Razihi is based on Arabic or not. This language is mutually unintelligible with modern Arabic, so the few people who speak this language must learn the form of Arabic spoken by others in Yemen.

Where are they located?
The few who speak this language live in the far northwestern corner of Yemen.

What are their lives like?
The people who speak Razihi live like the other people of Yemen. Most people earn their living by herding livestock and growing meager crops in a dry climate. Others work in the oil industry. Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world, and over half live in poverty as defined by the World Bank.

Yemen suffers more than just about any other country from a lack of potable water. They exacerbate the situation by growing qat, a mild stimulant that requires much water. People spend much of their time and energy with this drug.

What are their beliefs?
All speakers of Razihi are Muslim. They depend on the teachings of Mohammed as spelled out in the Koran rather than the blood of Jesus Christ for their salvation.

With the high incidence of substance abuse from qat in Yemen, it is clear that many are not serious about obeying the Koran. People who have lived there say that Yemenis will accept any behavior as acceptable so long as it is done in the name of Islam. Few can read classical Arabic to learn the teachings of the Koran, so they depend on imams to teach them.

Prayer Points
* Pray for Razihi speakers to seek and find new spiritual answers from Jesus Christ.
* There are no Christian resources in the Razihi language. Pray for them to be able to hear His truth in a language they can understand.
* Pray for Razihi speakers to start the process of finding new water sources and ending their dependence on qat.
* 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: 2018-12-13
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Country: Yemen
Continent: Asia
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
Persecution Rank:8 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Sa’dah Governorate: Rāziḥ district; region of Jabal Rāziḥ massif, numerous small settlements.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Razihi
People Name General: Razihi
ROP3 Code: 117678
Joshua Project People ID: 20969
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 69,000
Population all Countries: 69,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Yemeni
People Name General: Razihi
Ethnic Code: CMT30
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Razihi (69,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): rzh    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
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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Razihi in Yemen

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People Cluster
    Arab, Yemeni     Africa, North and Middle East    
      Razihi Yemen    
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            Razihi in Yemen          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Razihi  
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