Arabized Tuareg in Niger

The Arabized Tuareg have only been reported in Niger
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Introduction / History

Arabized Tuareg are those who have adopted the Arabic language as their own. At least to this extent, they have become a part of Arab culture. Before French colonization, the Tuareg were organized into loose confederations, each consisting of a dozen or so tribes. Following the independence of African countries in the 1960s, Tuareg territory was artificially divided between modern nations: Niger, Mali, Algeria, Libya, and Burkina Faso.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Tuareg are a nomadic people, occupying large areas of the Sahel Desert. Each Tuareg clan is made up of several family groups, led by their collective chief. In Tuareg society women do not traditionally wear the veil, whereas men do. The veil is often blue in color, and it can stain their skin. Tuareg women have great freedom and participate in family and tribal decisions.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Tuareg tribes have strong tribal identity, and Islam is part of that self-identification. It will be difficult for Christ’s ambassadors to show them the way to the cross without them feeling like following Christ would mean losing their identity as a people.


What Are Their Needs?

The Arabized Tuareg people need peace in their land. They also need adequate medical care. This is hard for any nomadic people to obtain.


Prayer Points

Pray that Holy Spirit-anointed African believers will be burdened to carry the message of Christ to the Tuareg tribes.
Pray that tribal animosities will give way to peace among the Tuareg people in Niger.
Pray that the Arabized Tuareg people in Niger will have a desire to know Jesus, the only Savior of humanity.
Pray Christ will reveal himself to the Arabized Tuareg people.


Scripture Prayers for the Tuareg, Arabized in Niger.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Tuareg profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Tuareg, Arabized
People Name in Country Tuareg, Arabized
Natural Name Arabized Tuareg
Population this Country 16,000
Population all Countries 16,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Asben Tuareg; Kel Air
People ID 10449
ROP3 Code 115816
Country Niger
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Niger
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Map of Tuareg, Arabized in Niger
Primary Language Arabic, Algerian Spoken (16,000 speakers)
Language Code arq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Algerian Spoken (16,000 speakers)
Language Code arq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Algerian Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Map Source People Group location: SIL / WLMS. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more