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Republic of Senegal


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Area: 196,722 sq km

Mainland Africa’s most westerly state: arid, with few natural resources.

Population: 12,860,717    Annual Growth: 2.66%

Capital: Dakar

Urbanites: 42.9%

HDI Rank: 166 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 57 (47% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: French. Language of wider communication, Wolof; spoken as a first language by around 40% of the population    Languages: 46 All languages


Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

Young people. Of Senegal’s population, 55% are under age 20. Many of these are children in crisis; ministry among them is growing – drop-in centres, vocational training and others. The younger generation, often less committed to “formal religion”, are thereby more open to the gospel. An increasing number of ministries are focusing on reaching young people. Pray especially for:

a) Students. The small GBUSS/IFES group in Dakar is fervent; many of its members are non-Senegalese, but nationals are an increasing proportion. Lack of employment opportunities, poor economic conditions, political instability and no real hope for the future are disincentives for this growing section of the population. Pray that the God of the Bible could be that source of hope for young people with so much potential. Language clubs are opportunities to reach out to students. Pray for many such clubs to start and grow.

b) The 100,000 Talibés (literally, “a person in need of something” and often known as “tin-can boys”) are children sent from their homes – due to poverty and religious sentiment – to live and study the Qur’an with religious marabouts. The marabouts in turn send the boys to beg in the streets for food and money. These talibé live in tight quarters and are often neglected and in poor health. Pray for an increase in the work of WEC, IMB, CMA and others working with them. Pray also for God to raise up more ministry to the 30,000 street children in Dakar alone and 400,000 children at risk generally.

     For an additional 10 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 Senegal.