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Islamic Republic of Mauritania


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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%

Capital: Nouakchott

Urbanites: 41.4%

HDI Rank: 154 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 19 (74% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

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

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

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.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Mauritania.