Afitti, Ditti in Sudan

Afitti, Ditti
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People Name: Afitti, Ditti
Country: Sudan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 5,200
World Population: 5,200
Primary Language: Afitti
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Nubian
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Afitti people used to live at the base of the Nuba Mountains, located in the southern central part of the country of Sudan. But early in the 20th century they moved out into the plain due to need for more grazing land for their cattle. They built towns, Sidra, Kitra and Kundukur. Because they were spread out more now, the people in the north became known as Ditti, although they are still part of the Afitti people. A droubht in 1984 drove the ranchers from cattle to farming as their principal livelihood.

Muslims came to the Afitti starting in 1950 and today the people all claim Islam. Schools teach in Arabic and the people speak Arabic now even more than their Afitti. The Ditti still speak their language with their children up until they enter school, but Arabic influence is strong so that even when people do speak Afitti they speech includes many Arabic words.

The town of Sidra is relatively more modernized than the other villages, with stores, refrigerators and a police station.

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