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Gujarati Creole in Tanzania

Gujarati Creole

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
82,000 Cutchi-Swahili Islam 3.00 % 0.10 % No No   

Gujarati Creole in Tanzania

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Introduction / History
Most South Asian migrants to Africa came to British colonies like Kenya, just to the north of Tanzania, which was a German colony for a short while. Most of these migrants came either from western India's Gujarat state or from Punjab in India's north. They started by working on railroads, but Gujaratis have a tendency to rise above manual labor. When their contracts ran out, some started their own businesses in Kenya, while others moved south to what is now Tanzania to get a new start.

Gujaratis in South Asia have their own language, but the term Creole indicates a hybrid situation. South Asian Gujarati Creoles are mixed with the White population, and their language has strayed from the original Gujarati.

Where are they located?
Gujarati Creoles live in Kenya and Tanzania.

What are their lives like?
Tanzania is one of the world's poorest nations. Over one million children are orphaned because of AIDS. Most likely the Gujarati Creole population is not as poor as Black African ethnic groups in Tanzania.

What are their beliefs?
Gujarati Creoles in Tanzania are 97 percent Muslim. Operation World reports that the Muslim community is increasingly polarized between moderates and Islamists, the latter pressing for political influence and the establishment of separate Islamist courts. Witchcraft is widespread and permeates both Christianity and Islam.

What are their needs?
Widespread systemic poverty affects the Gujarati Creole people, though some have been able to rise above their circumstances. They need help to establish and maintain schools, medical clinics, drinking water, and sanitation.

Although Scripture and some audio resources are in a language they might speak, they need someone to tell them about Christ. Will it be you, or someone you know?

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Hindu Asians in Kenya and Tanzania to be given an interest in the creator God.
* Pray they will be given faith to believe in God's Son Jesus, and that many will accept the gift of eternal life offered in His name.
* Pray that there will soon be a Disciple-Making movement among the Gujarati Creole people in both Kenya and Tanzania.
* 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.


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Country: Tanzania
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Scattered in Pwani, Dodoma, Manyara, and Arusha regions.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Gujarati Creole
People Name General: Gujarati Creole
Alternate People Names:
Cutchi Swahili
ROP3 Code: 104846
Joshua Project People ID: 12628
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 82,000
Population all Countries: 84,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia - other
People Name General: Gujarati Creole
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Cutchi-Swahili (82,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ccl    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity3.00 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam97.00 % 
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]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Gujarati Creole in Tanzania

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People Cluster
    South Asia - other     Africa, East and Southern    
      Gujarati Creole Tanzania    
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            Gujarati Creole in Tanzania          
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      Islam     Cutchi-Swahili  
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