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Seemogo in Burkina Faso


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
22,000 Seeku Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 12.00 % No No   

Seemogo in Burkina Faso

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Introduction / History
The Sambla or Sembla people are subsistence farmers in their traditional, rural homeland. They earn cash principally through market gardening, but also by growing cotton, or selling wood or animals, particularly pork. Peanuts are grown by women who may sell part of their harvest. Their largest village is Karankasso. Other Sambla live in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso, 45 km away. Many young women work in Bobo-Dioulasso and come back to the village at the beginning of the rainy season to help in the fields. Sambla country is hilly, the highest elevation is 618 meters.

Health care is poor. There is a health center in Karankasso and in Banzon, but people are not comfortable with modern medicine. In mid-1993, almost 25 children died of measles in Karankasso alone. There is no electricity or telephone, and no secondary school. Many people have radios, and use bicycles for transportation, or bush-taxis if they can afford to.

The Sambla are known for their Balafon music. They play the balafon with three players, which is very uncommon. Balafon is a form of language which anyone who grew up in the rural area understands. There is a Sambla troupe which performs traditional music and dance, who won a prize at "Bobo-92".

In the mid 1950s, Catholic missionaries came, and today, a large number of Sambla are Catholic. Another important event was the influence of the "prophet" Moussa (French for "Moses") from Ivory Coast. He preached against traditional religions which he considered evil. Many turned to Islam or Catholicism at that time, though now many are returning to their traditions.

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Country: Burkina Faso
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Hauts-Bassins region: Houet province; Bobo-Dioulasso department, Karankasso, Bouendé, Torosso, Banzo, Tiara, and Bama villages; Kenedougou province.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Seemogo
People Name General: Seemogo
Alternate People Names:
SamblaSamo, Southern
SemblaSouthern Samo
ROP3 Code: 108788
Joshua Project People ID: 14813
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 22,000
Population all Countries: 28,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Mande
People Name General: Seemogo
Ethnic Code: NAB63z
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Primary Language: Seeku
Language Code (ISO): sos    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity25.00 %(Evangelical: 12.00 %)
Ethnic Religions55.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam20.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent4.00 %
Protestant40.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian1.00 %
Roman Catholic55.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Seemogo in Burkina Faso

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    Mande     Africa, West and Central    
      Seemogo Burkina Faso    
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