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Kurd, Kurmanji in Greece

Kurd, Kurmanji

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
23,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.01 % 0.00 %   

Kurd, Kurmanji in Greece

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Introduction / History
The Northern Kurd (aka, Kurmanji speakers) are part of a much greater Kurdish population. They are made up of a number of clans, tribes, and tribal confederations, many of which have been in existence for thousands of years. This large people group shares several important and common ties. Not only do they speak closely related languages, but they also share a common culture, geographical homeland, and sense of identity.

The Northern Kurds of Iraq live primarily along the northeastern border of Iraq, touching Iran. Some fled further north to escape the severe persecution of Saddam Hussein and the devastation of the Gulf War. Kurmanji speaking Kurds began to leave Iraq in the early 1990s with Gulf War 1, and their exit has continued till today. Those who are going to Greece hope to eventually go to Germany or some other European country with a stronger economy.

Where are they located?
The Kurmanji speaking Kurds in Greece live mainly in makeshift refugee camps.

What are their lives like?
The Kurmanji speaking Kurds who are arriving in Greece are desperate to escape violence and war in Iraq and Turkey. Many drown on the way to Greece, and their bodies must be shipped back for proper burial.

What are their beliefs?
Nearly all Kurds are Muslim, most being Shafiite Sunnis. They first embraced Islam after the Arab conquests of the seventh century. Today, they primarily look to Islam as a basis for social justice. However, despite being predominantly Muslim, religion has created deep rifts among the Kurds. Many of the dispossessed Kurd minorities have become associated with secret and unorthodox sects like the Yazidis.

What are their needs?
The Kurmanji speaking Kurds need a safe place to live and raise their families. Iraq and Turkey are not safe at this time.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to share the gospel with Northern Kurds.
* Ask God to give the Northern Kurdish believers opportunities to share the love of Jesus with their own people.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of Kurds so that they will be receptive to the gospel.
* Pray that God will raise up strong local churches among the Northern Kurds that will spread into their communities in Iraq.

References
http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/070220162
http://legacy.joshuaproject.net/people-profile.php?rog3=GR&peo3=12877
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/turkey/12173970/Turkeys-other-refugee-crisis-Kurds-fleeing-terror-in-countrys-south-east.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/1998/0112/011298.intl.intl.2.html
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12877/CA
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12877/GM

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Country: Greece
Continent: Europe
Region: Eastern Europe and Eurasia
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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People Name in Country: Kurd, Kurmanji
People Name General: Kurd, Kurmanji
Alternate People Names:
KermanjiKurmanji
Turkish KurdYazidi
Yezidi
ROP3 Code: 105458
Joshua Project People ID: 12877
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 23,000
Population all Countries: 15,332,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Kurd
People Name General: Kurd, Kurmanji
Ethnic Code: CNT24c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Kurdish, Northern (23,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kmr    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.01 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam93.19 % 
Non-Religious6.80 % 
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: 1856-2016
New Testament:
1872-2005Audio
Complete Bible: 2008
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kurdish, Northern
Film / VideoLife's Gold (Indigitube.tv)
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralKurdish Ministry Resources
Text / Printed MatterBible: Kurdish New Testament & Psalms
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
 
 
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