Area: 1,030,700 sq km
Entirely desert apart from the north bank of the Senegal River on its southern border.
Population: 3,365,675 Annual Growth: 2.43%
Official language: Arabic; the Hassaniya dialect is used as the vernacular for two-thirds of the population. French is the language of government and commerce Languages: 8 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Unreached minorities. Pray for:
a) The Haratine or Black Moors, who are Moors by culture and language as well as the former slave class of Moorish society.
b) The African peoples of the Senegal River Valley, including the Pulaar (Tukulor and Fulakunda), Soninke, Bambara and Wolof. Some of these peoples have suffered much persecution, yet many previously exiled are now returning to their homeland. Their persecution and dispersion, as well as assistance from Christian agencies, have opened them for the gospel.
c) The nomads of the desert, descended from Berber and Arab Bedouin tribes, are even less accessible for evangelization due to their nomadic ways.
Sub-Saharan African refugees are increasingly using Mauritania as an illegal transit point to Europe (Canary Islands). Each year, tens of thousands make the attempt in unsafe boats, and over a thousand of those die in the attempt. Pray that those seeking riches in the West might somehow find Christ.
For an additional 7 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Mauritania.