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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

Islam has been entrenched for 1,000 years with little challenge. Many are the barriers to change – laws hindering proclamation of the gospel, powerful social resistance to change, an historic reluctance to engage with the outside world, geographical isolation, low literacy and minimal exposure to Christians and Christian media. Pray for greater spiritual openness and hunger for God. World Vision, Caritas, the Lutherans and others are working in development as well as with issues such as AIDS, human rights and environmental protection.

Other ministries. Pray for:

a) Bible translation. Outside Mauritania, efforts are underway to translate the Bible into Hassaniya Arabic. The Pulaar NT exists and work on the OT is progressing; work is being done in Soninke as well. Low literacy and a prevalent oral culture pose a challenge.

b) The JESUS film exists in all the local languages. It has had the most success among minorities in urban areas.

c) Radio and satellite TV broadcasts in the local dialects are still in the experimental stage; prayer is needed for the development of biblical content. There are some radio programmes in Pulaar and Bambara. While awaiting the production of local material, much good could be done by broadcasting quality programming already available in French and modern standard Arabic; but for technical and geographical reasons, those available in North Africa do not usually reach Mauritania. The main radio and TV stations have no Christian content.

d) The Internet is more widely available in the main districts of Nouakchott and the regional capitals, and is one way for Mauritanians to access the good news.

     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.