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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Zaghawa of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 250

ROP3 Code: 111134
IMB Affinity Group: North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African
People Cluster: Kanuri-Saharan
Language: Zaghawa - (zag)
Religion: Islam
Country of Origin: Sudan

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  Kansas City, MO - 23

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Brief Profile

The Zaghawa people, also called Beri or Zakhawa, are a Central African Muslim people group of eastern Chad and western Sudan. Historically, they are mentioned in classical Arabic language texts. They were trading with the Nile region and the Maghreb regions by the 1st millennium CE.

They speak the Zaghawa language, which is an eastern Saharan language. The Zaghawa society has been socially stratified and has included castes. The upper strata has been of nobles and warriors, below them have been the traders and merchants, below whom have been the artisan castes called the Hadaheed (or Hadahid).

As a result of Tijani Muslim missionaries from West Africa who were traveling through their area to make the pilgrimage to Mecca, the leadership converted to Islam. In the 1940s, the Zaghawa began to turn to Islam from Animism. Hence, the majority of Zaghawa people now adhere to Islam.

Prayer Points

  • Ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers to work among the Zaghawa.
  • Ask God to create a hunger within the hearts of the Zaghawa to know the Truth.
  • Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the spiritual soil through worship and intercession.

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United StatesKansas CityKansas CityMO23

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