• PEOPLE NAME: YERWA KANURI OF CHAD

Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples

Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

People Cluster: Kanuri-Saharan

Language: Central Kanuri - (knc)

Alternate Name(s):

Primary Religion: Islam - Folk Islam

Country: Chad

Also found in: Cameroon; Niger; Nigeria; Sudan

Population: 197,000

Global Population: 8,721,000


PEID: 11469

ROP: 104605

Progress of the Gospel: Engaged yet Unreached

Global Status of Evangelical Christianity: Less than 2% Evangelical, Concentrated CP Activity


Overview: The Yerwa Kanuri of Chad, numbering 197,000, are Engaged yet Unreached. They are part of the Kanuri-Saharan people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. Globally, this group totals 8,721,000 in 5 countries. Their primary language is Central Kanuri. The primary religion practiced by the Yerwa Kanuri is Folk Islam, a syncretistic belief system that blends traditional elements of Islam with superstitious practices such as warding off spirits with incantations and magic amulets, and reciting verses of the Qur'an to bring about miraculous healings.


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