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Aceh

Location: Indonesia
Population: 3,716,000
Religion: Islam

The Aceh people (pronounced ah-CHE) live on the northern tip of the island of Sumatra in the province of Aceh. Their provincial capital of Banda Aceh is commonly known as "the Veranda of Mecca." It has been a stopping place for Southeast Asian Muslims journeying by ship to Mecca, their "holy city," in Saudi Arabia. The Aceh people speak their own language, and the majority also speak the national Indonesian language. The Aceh are a blend of many races, which explains why they are fairer skinned and taller than most other Indonesians.


File size 78 K
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Albanian, Gheg

Location: Macedonia
Population: 598,000
Religion: Islam

The Muslim Albanians in Macedonia, also known as the Gheg, make up about 25% of the population of Macedonia. They live mostly in the northwest part of Macedonia. The Muslim Albanians in Macedonia are the most devout Muslims of all the Muslim Albanians in the Balkans. Very few of the Muslim Albanians in Macedonia have become true followers of Jesus. YWAM is currently pioneering a work in this people group. They are not seeking to convert “Muslims” to “Christianity” but to build bridges with Muslims and to help them understand who Jesus really is.


File size 42 K
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Arab, Palestinian/Israeli

Location: Israel
Population: 1,562,000
Religion: Islam
(Photo by Create International)

Of the seven and a half million Palestinians worldwide, four and a half million are refugees. The majority are children living in refugee camps that are some of the most densely populated places in the world. Political conflict is an ever-present daily reality as they go about their lives with the hope of returning to "their homes" one day


File size 159 K
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Arab, Tunisian

Location: Tunisia
Population: 9,500,000
Religion: Islam

After 100 years of efforts to reach the Tunisians there has been little response. A few small fellowships do exist and there are now over 150 known believers. Believers are relatively unpersecuted but often face family and social pressure as a result of their faith. Strong family links are a hallmark in their society. Most families are looking to improve their lot in a world that is seeking material advance. As Muslims their practice of Islam is relatively nominal. Allegiance to Islam is strong, but militant expressions of Islam have been strongly suppressed by the government.

Tunisia is a modern and progressive country in Northern Africa. Around a quarter of the population work in agriculture, and around 60% live in towns or cities. There are differences in lifestyle between the rural and urban settings, where the living conditions vary. The southern half of the country is desert and faces the rigors of a hot, desert climate for a large part of the year. Throughout the country primary school attendance is almost 100% for boys and girls. School is compulsory until 16 years of age, and increasing numbers are going on to tertiary education. Unemployment is fairly high, estimated to be around 20%. Tourism is a major industry and income earner in their country.


File size 141 K
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Arunthathiyar

Location: India
Population: 929,000
Religion: Hinduism

The Arunthathiyar are animists who are bound by many superstitions and idol worship. They practice ritual for various events like birth, death, ear piercing and female puberty. Animal sacrifices are prevalent during festivals. The majority are illiterate and live below the poverty line. They are day laborers in agriculture and construction. They live in unity among themselves and never intermarry with other people groups. Their social status (caste) is very low; they are called Dalits (outcasts or untouchables) in India.


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Azerbaijani, North

Location: Azerbaijan
Population: 7,640,000
Religion: Islam
(Photo from "Azerbaijani Partnership" via JoshuaProject.net)

Decades of conflict with the neighboring Armenians has hampered economic growth and destabilized their country. Thousands have died and over a million Azerbaijanis have been displaced from their homes because of the fighting. The economic potential is enormous as they sit on top of immense oil and gas reserves.


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Banjara, Hindu

Location: India
Population: 4,800,000
Religion: Hindu
(Photo from "Kingdom Rain" via JoshuaProject.net)

The Banjara are a community who traditionally acted as porters for the armies on the field. Their name is derived from the Sanskrit word "Vanijya" or "Banijya-kara", meaning a merchant. The true Banjara community seems to have formed during the long wars over centuries of the Delhi Emperor with people of the Deccan plain and the needs of logistic support for the armies leading to an entirely new community. Currently they work as hawkers, porters, builders, agricultural laborers, and cultivators.


File size 135 K
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Bedouin (Inactive for Adoption)

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Country: Israel
Population: 64,600
Religion: Sunni Islam

Historically a nomadic people who herded camels, goats, and sheep while dwelling in tents that were made from their animal skins and dyed black. Those who retain this lifestyle are referred to as the "true" Bedouins, with the camel breeders being the highest social class. Middle East governments have encouraged these people to become more settled and urban. Although it is still somewhat despised, many Bedouins have taken wage-paying jobs and some farm even the edge of the desert.


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Berber, Imazighen

Location: Morocco
Population 3,000,000
Religion: Islam
(Photo from GoSahara.org)

"Berber" is the name ancient Roman conquerors gave to the fair-skinned original inhabitants of North Africa. Islam began replacing their traditional animist religions after the fall of Rome in the seventh century through the influence of the invading Arab armies. With animosity towards their invaders, they call themselves "Imazighen", which means "the free men". They are a strong people bound together by their family and religious traditions. In a severely hampered economy, the people earn a meager living by farming and carpet making. This group is also known as the Berbers of Central Morocco or Middle Atlas.


File size 108 K
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Betsimisaraka, South

Location: Madagascar
Population: 1,984,000
Religion: Tribal animism

The name "Betsimisaraka" means "many who don't get separated". Situated on the East coast of Madagascar, 80% live in rural areas, very remote and hardly accessible. There is very little access to clean water; no dentistry; 70% have no primary health care. They eat meat twice a year, otherwise subsisting on rice. They live in very simple huts made out of leaves and bamboo, as this region is hit every year by cyclones and strong winds called "Alizes" which require the houses to be rebuilt. Their activities are agriculture and fishing.

This ethnic group is a gathering of several little groups united in 1720 by an English pirate who was fighting against the major ethic group in Madagascar. The "glue" of this group is ancestor worship. All of life is dictated by rules given by the ancestors. As a consequence, there is strong resistance to new ideas and new techniques. The people are connected to the world of the dead through a special initiation called "trumba", during which they ask demons to come and possess them. Social bonds are generally weak but are strengthened by "death ceremonies", in which the bones of ancestors are unearthed, cleaned and rewrapped during a time of feasting, representing the return of the ancestors among the community. Death is at the center of the social and spiritual life of the community.

Christianity was introduced by the Catholic church and traditional Protestants 200 years ago, but it has not changed the way of living and the practice of animism (for example, marriage is totally unknown).


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