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Serer-Safen, Safi in Senegal

Serer-Safen, Safi

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
249,000 Saafi-Saafi Islam 20.00 % 0.02 % No No   

Serer-Safen, Safi in Senegal

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Introduction / History
The Saafi are an agricultural people living in the west of Senegal, southwest of and near Thies and the coast. They cultivate millet, peanuts and beans as well as a variety of fruit trees. The Saafi live in square mud brick houses, clustered together in enclosed compounds.

The Saafi are part of the larger Cangin people groups, originally all speaking one language. For various reasons, over the centuries they split their different ways and now have distinct, separate languages. Christianity came to the Saafi in the early 1800s, but in the last 40 years the area has become largely Muslim.

Desertification is causing the water table to drop each year and water is becoming more and more scarce. Spiritually, most Saafi who practice Islam or Catholicism also retain many of their traditional animistic beliefs. It is these beliefs that need to be challenged with the Gospel.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2008-02-16
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-02-28
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Country: Senegal
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Thies region: between Nguekikh, Popenguine, and Thies; Dakar region: airport area; 60 villages: 43 are over 80% Saafi, 8 are under 50%.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Serer-Safen, Safi
People Name General: Serer-Safen
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 108864
Joshua Project People ID: 14868
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 249,000
Population all Countries: 249,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Atlantic
People Name General: Serer-Safen
Ethnic Code: NAB56c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Saafi-Saafi (249,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sav    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity20.00 %(Evangelical: 0.02 %)
Ethnic Religions11.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam69.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant5.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic90.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2013
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Serer-Safen, Safi in Senegal

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People Cluster
    Atlantic     Africa, West and Central    
      Serer-Safen Senegal    
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            Serer-Safen, Safi in Senegal          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Saafi-Saafi  
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