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Arab, Northern Yemeni in Yemen

Arab, Northern Yemeni

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
14,676,000 Arabic, Sanaani Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Arab, Northern Yemeni in Yemen

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Introduction / History
Northern Yemenis who are residing in Saudi Arabia, formerly lived in the northern mountains and northeastern deserts of Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world. Yemen has a turbulent history of wars and conquests.

Where are they located?
Northern Yemeni Arabs are primarily located in the southwestern area of Saudi Arabia, across the Red Sea and the coast of Eritrea.

What are their lives like?
Over population, unemployment, drug abuse, unending political conflict, and tribal rivalries have driven many to Saudi Arabia seeking "greener pastures." However, the pastures are no greener than in their homeland. Their unemployment rate is between 20-40 percent.

What are their beliefs?
Almost all Yemeni Arabs are Muslims, they tend to blend their Islamic religion with other beliefs, though they have been taught that the Koran and the Hadith hold life's spiritual answers. Embracing the Lord Jesus Christ carries heavy penalties in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. It is believed that small groups of believers meet secretly in homes.

What are their needs?
Life for Yemeni Arab women in Saudi Arabia is extremely difficult and opportunities for a better life and family situations are limited on all fronts. Religious freedom and human rights are possibly the world's worst in Saudi Arabia. These people for whom Jesus gave His life need to hear the truth. The Bible has not been translated into Sanaani Arabic. It is available online, but the Saudi government severely restricts Internet. There are some audio resources.

Prayer Points
Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit that will give Northern Yemenis a willingness to embrace Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, depending on Him alone for salvation.
Pray for a Disciple-Making movement among Northern Yemenis in Saudi Arabia that will spread to their desperately needy homeland, Yemen.
* 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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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-12-15
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-12-22
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-12-14
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-05-04
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-06-08
Northern Yemeni profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
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Country: Yemen
Continent: Asia
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
Persecution Rank:3 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Widespread; central areas: Sanaa and Amanat al Asimah governorates; outer areas: central and eastern Dhamar, western Al Bayda’, Marib, Al Jawf, Sa’dah, Ma’rib, Al Mahwit, Amran, and eastern Hajjah governorates.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Arab, Northern Yemeni
People Name General: Arab, Northern Yemeni
Alternate People Names:
Northern Yemeni ArabSanaani
ROP3 Code: 108627
Joshua Project People ID: 14715
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 14,676,000
Population all Countries: 14,986,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Yemeni
People Name General: Arab, Northern Yemeni
Ethnic Code: CMT30
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Arabic, Sanaani Spoken (14,676,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ayn    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsArabic Bible Online
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
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Arab, Northern Yemeni in Yemen

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People Cluster
    Arab, Yemeni     Africa, North and Middle East    
      Arab, Northern Yemeni Yemen    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Arab, Northern Yemeni in Yemen          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Arabic, Sanaani Spoken  
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