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Barein in Chad

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
14,000 Barein Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Barein in Chad

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Introduction / History
The Barain live in the Guera, a mountainous region in Central Chad. They are mainly farmers, living in about 30 small villages in a remote area of the Melfi District, south of Bitkine. Their round huts are built with sun dried mud bricks and covered every year with fresh straw. They rely on good rain during rainy season (July to October) to grow their crops, mainly millet, beans, and peanuts. They work the hard red soil with metal hoes fixed on a strong, short branch. During dry season (November to June) water becomes a problem, since there are very few wells in the whole area. Women of several villages have to walk over 4 kilometers to reach a source. The Baraïn have frequent contacts with Arab nomads, exchanging millet for meat and dairy products. The people call themselves Jalkia, Guilia or Dakne according to the different dialectal regions. Their neighbors are the Baguirmi to the west, the Sokoro to the northwest, the Saba to the northeast and the Boua to the souththeast and south.

The Barain traditional religion consists of bringing offerings to the margay, the spirits of nature. All blessings and curses are attributed to the spirits' activity. The spirits of the mountains are the most powerful and feared ones. The religious centers are Djili (at the bottom of Mount Jeddo) and Balili. A majority, however, converted to Islam, often still involving traditional religious practices. This people group has not been reached with the Gospel yet.

The literacy rate for the Guera region is very low. In Baraïn country the literacy rate is likely lower for there are few schools in the whole area, none of them offering the complete primary education. Children would have to go to Melfi or Bitkine. This is possible only if they have family members living there. There is also no clinic or medical supply in the whole area. Rural exodus to the bigger centers such as Bitkine, Mongo or N'Djamena is increasing, due to the harsh living conditions.

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Country: Chad
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Guéra region: Bahr Signaka department, Melfi subprefecture, west (Jalkia), south, southwest (Komi), and east (Sakaya) of Melfi.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Barein
People Name General: Barein
ROP3 Code: 101055
Joshua Project People ID: 10685
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 14,000
Population all Countries: 14,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Chadic
People Name General: Barein
Ethnic Code: NAB60b
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Primary Language: Barein (14,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bva    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions25.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam75.00 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1998
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Barein in Chad

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      Barein Chad    
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