The Baggara people in Sudan
The name “Baggara” comes from the Arabic word “bagar”, which means “cow,” and refers to the various Arab tribes in Sudan (and surrounding nations), who herd cattle.
These Baggara tribes live in the plains of Sudan’s Darfur, North Kordofan, and South Kordofan provinces. The region is well suited for grazing cattle and varies from sparse scrublands in the northern areas to arid and semi-arid wilderness lands to wooded fields.
WHAT ARE THEIR LIVES LIKE?
The Baggara are somewhat unusual in
that the women work to provide the income needed to maintain the households. They earn cash by milking the cows and selling the milk. Their earnings are either kept or spent on household items. A married woman owns the tent as well as all of its housekeeping contents. The men are primarily involved with caring for the herds. Women also plant and harvest the crops.
The Baggara are virtually 100% Muslim. All of them faithfully observe the “five pillars of Islam.” Many of the men and some women are able to make pilgrimages to Islam’s “holy city” of Mecca. The Baggara hold religious celebrations and place importance on many life stage transitions.
Very little evangelisation has been done among the Baggara. Some Christian broadcasts are also available to them. However, because the people are so devoted to the Islamic faith, very few Baggara have converted to Christianity. In addition, the nomadic lifestyle of many of the Baggara makes it very difficult for missionaries to reach them.
At the present time, there are no known missions agencies working among the Baggara. Concentrated prayer and evangelism efforts are necessary in order to penetrate their hearts with the Gospel.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit will complete the work begun in their hearts through adequate discipleship.
- Ask God to raise up prayer teams to begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.