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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

All Mauritanian peoples remain essentially unreached, and the vast majority have yet to hear the good news of God’s grace through faith in Jesus. There are only a small number of Mauritanian believers worldwide, although the exact number is unknown. Believers in Mauritania have at times been imprisoned, beaten for their faith, or have endured ostracism by family or tribe. Pray for godly indigenous leadership to develop. Pray for increasing freedom of religion, both socially and legally. Pray for seekers to encounter Jesus, and that any who follow Him might be courageous in the faith. Also pray that God might minister to believers despite the lack of fellowship.

Mauritanians in other lands are an opportunity. Mauritanians reside in many countries in West Africa as well as in France, Spain and the USA. There is some work among them in Senegal. Pray that these scattered people may be evangelized and that Mauritanian believers, wherever they may be, might increase.

     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.