Arab in Burundi

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Introduction / History

Do you know what Burundi is? It is a small, landlocked, densely populated nation in East Africa. Since Burundi's independence from Belgium in 1962, the country has been wracked with military coups, mass killings, assassination of leaders, and civil war. Burundi is one of the poorest nations in the world. Over half of the children five years and under suffer from malnutrition. A small population of Arabs live in Burundi. Most came as merchants and slave traders in the 19th century. These Arabs are not given Burundi citizenship. They claim they came from Oman but Oman will not allow them to return. In a sense, the Arabs of Burundi are a stateless people. The primary family language of the Arabs is Arabic. They also speak the national language of Kirundi. Educated Arabs often speak French and English.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Arabs living in Burundi are a diverse group. Many own shops, restaurants and tourist businesses. Some run large coffee and tea plantations. Most live in urban centers. The Arabs have tried to maintain they businesses and families in the midst of Burundi's political turmoil and chaos. Burundi is a resource poor nation. Coffee and tea are the two main cash crops. The diet of the typical Burundian person is made up of sweet potatoes, maize and peas. Meat is so expensive that it is eaten only a few times a month. Since the economic level of the Arabs is higher than the average Burundian, most Arabs can afford a richer diet than the Africans. Arab parents want their children to marry another Muslim Arabs. They encourage their children to gain a secondary and tertiary education. Most Arab young people must leave Burundi to finish their education. Burundi has only one functioning university and space is limited. For the most part, Arabs try to keep under the political radar so they can continue their business ventures whoever is currently governing Burundi.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Arabs of Burundi are mostly Sunni Muslims. They try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. Sunnis believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, using deceit, slandering, and making idols. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. There are few if any Christians in this people group.

What Are Their Needs?

The Muslims of Burundi need to understand that Isa or Jesus is much more than a human prophet. Arabs would benefit by gaining some kind of legal status in Burundi. All the people of Burundi need a stable, just government in order to improve their lives.  

Prayer Points

Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Arabs in Burundi towards Christ followers so that they will be more receptive to the gospel. Ask the Lord to raise up a Disciple Making Movement among the Burundian Arabs. Pray the Arabs gain legal status in Burundi. Pray Arab parents are able to provide for the needs of their children.  

Scripture Prayers for the Arab in Burundi.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab
People Name in Country Arab
Pronunciation AE-rub
Alternate Names Anglolan Arabs; Baggara; Bedouin Arab; Bosnian Muslims; Chavus; Coast; Coast Arab; Hemat; Iraqi Arab; Lebanese Arab; Levantine Arab; Nawar; Palestinian Arab; Palestinian Arabs; Saudi Arab; Syrian Arab; Syro-Lebanese Arab; अरब
Population this Country 3,700
Population all Countries 755,000
Total Countries 31
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 10375
ROP3 Code 100425
Country Burundi
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Burundi
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Map of Arab in Burundi
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Levantine (3,700 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Levantine (3,700 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Levantine

Primary Language:  Arabic, Levantine

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1939-1981)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Arabic Bible Online Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Film / Video Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Arabic, North Levantine Spoken YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version Super Bible / Comic Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Photo Source Hashim Abdullah - Pixabay 
Map Source People Group location: Web Research. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.