Amdang in Chad


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Introduction / History

It is believed the Mimi originated in the Nile Valley of Egypt with a westward migration taking place in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Some settled in the Biltine region of Chad where they became farmers. Others became nomadic herdsmen and maintained frequent contact with the Arab nomads. The settled Biltine group, or Mimi, still speak their ancestral language, Amdang. The nomadic Mimi eventually adopted the Arabic language as their mother tongue.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mimi Amdang in Chad are mostly settled farmers who inhabit the hilly eastern part of Dar ("home of") Mimi. There, they raise cereals, beans, sesame, and a variety of other crops; they also keep some livestock. A few Mimi are nomadic herdsmen. They live like the pastoral Arabs, rather than farm for their livelihood. Mimi nomads live in mud homes made with thatched-roofs. Agan is the largest urban area for the Mimi.Dar Mimi is sandy and virtually treeless. Because of the shortage of water in the area, the settled Mimi are limited in the number of animals they can keep. For this reason, they tend to force the nomadic Mimi to migrate southward and westward. They are surrounded on all sides by a number of other ethnic groups, including the Mahamid Arabs, the Zaghawa, the Mararit, the Tama, and various Maba-speaking tribes.The settled Mimi sometimes intermarry with the Maba and the Arabs; whereas, the nomadic Mimi intermarry with the Zaghawa and the Abu Sharib peoples. A Mimi will never marry a Tama. Because of this intermarriage among the Mimi and the neighboring groups, cultivation techniques and some vocabulary, among have been assimilated into Mimi culture.Social and political lives of Mimi people have been disrupted due to civil wars that are taking place in Chad.Mimi of Sudan are chiefly nomadic herdsmen. Most of them own herds of camels and flocks of sheep and goats. During the winter months, the young men take some of the camels to grazing areas that have an abundance of water and grass. The women weave rugs, while the men make water-skins, buckets and ropes. Children have responsibilities such as spinning goat and camel hair into thread. Some of the men also go to market towns to sell animals or to buy grain, cloth, sugar, and tea. Mimi history is politically significant and divided into twenty or thirty subsections headed by native chiefs. They fight well in battle and are commended for their bravery. They are looked upon by outsiders as not being dedicated or orthodox in their Muslim religion and as being somewhat uncivil when dealing with strangers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Mimi people are entirely Muslim, as are many other groups in the Sudanic region of Africa. This is due to the influence of Arab merchants.Islam is a religion of works based on five basic teachings or "pillars." Muslims must affirm that "there is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet." They are also required to pray five times a day, give alms to the poor, fast during the month of Ramadan, and try to make at least one pilgrimage to Mecca. The Mimi and Mima are not as strict in their observance of Islam as are some other Muslim groups in the area; however, most of the rules are followed.


What Are Their Needs?

Mimi people have never been exposed to the gospel. There are no Christian resources available to them. The Scriptures need to be made available in their languages and Christian broadcasts need to be aired in their regions so that they will hear the message of salvation.The life expectancy in Chad is only 52 years. In Sudan, the life expectancy is 64 years. The literacy rate in both countries is low. These groups need more educational opportunities and quality health care facilities. Perhaps Christian teachers and medical workers will have the greatest opportunities to share the love of Jesus with them.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Mimi, Amdang in Chad.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to prepare Mimi Amdang people in Chad for when He will be fully revealed to them. Ask for intercessors and anointed witnesses for Mimi Amdang people in Chad.Pray that Bible resources will be available in the Amdang language very soon.Pray that the Lord will send believers who understand both their language and the spiritual mindset of these people to share the love of Almighty God with them.Pray that leaders, husbands, fathers will be saved and lead their families to Lord Jesus, and that strong churches will be planted and reproduced quickly and soon.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Mimi, Amdang
People Name in Country Mimi, Amdang
Natural Name Amdang
Population this Country 90,000
Population all Countries 154,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Mima; Mimi; Mututu
People ID 10289
ROP3 Code 100279
Country Chad
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Batha region: Batha Est department, Oum Hadjer and Haraze Djombo Kibit subprefectures; Ouaddaï region; Wadi Fira region: Biltine department, Biltine subprefecture, Mimi Goz and Mimi Hadjer cantons.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Chad
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Batha region: Batha Est department, Oum Hadjer and Haraze Djombo Kibit subprefectures; Ouaddaï region; Wadi Fira region: Biltine department, Biltine subprefecture, Mimi Goz and Mimi Hadjer cantons..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Amdang
Language Code amj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Arabic, Chadian Spoken
Primary Language Amdang
Language Code amj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Arabic, Chadian Spoken
People Groups Speaking Amdang

Primary Language:  Amdang

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Abdelrahman Abdallah 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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