Fur in Chad

Main Language
Largest Religion
Islam (Sunni)
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The name Darfur became well-known in the first years of the 21st century. Darfur means homeland of the Fur people. In 2003 the Sudanese government, which consisted primarily of Arab peoples, began a systematic killing and eradication of the mostly black African Fur peoples in the western area of Sudan called Darfur. Hundreds of thousands of Fur had to flee to neighboring countries like Chad or face death at the hands of the Janjaweed militias. Chad is one for poorest nations in Africa and cannot provide adequately for the refugees. In 2008 UN peacekeepers came to Darfur, but this force did little to stop the violence against the Fur peoples.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Fur are an agricultural people who also raise cattle. In times of peace, the Fur grow millet, sorghum, maize, and beans for their stable foods. Peanuts, cotton and tobacco are cash crops. Many Fur villages have chickens, cattle and goats to supplement their diets. War and violence in Sudan have made living conditions for the Fur even worse. Many are living in tents and are dependent on aid from the United Nations and NGOs for food, shelter and water. Families arrange marriages with the girls getting married at a young age. A man may have up to four wives if he can afford them. The number of cattle determines the wealth of a village or family. Unfortunately, many Fur children do not attend school due to the lack of teachers and the family's need for child labor. Periods of draught are common in the savannah regions where the Fur live. In times of little or no rain, the Fur face starvation.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Fur claim to be Sunni Muslims. Their Islam is heavily mixed with folk religion and animism. Sunni Muslims try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. Sunnis believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, using deceit, slandering, and making idols. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.

What Are Their Needs?

The Fur need a just and lasting peace in Chad and Sudan. They will need help in reestablishing their lives of farming and cattle raising. Many Fur lack access to clean water and modern medicine. The Fur need schools and teachers for their children. Most of all, the Fur must hear and understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. He alone can give them the peace of mind and security the Fur are seeking.

Prayer Points

Pray for peace and justice to prevail in Chad and Sudan. Pray that Fur parents can provide for their children. Pray that Fur refugees will be open to the good news. Pray that the Lord raises up a movement to Christ among the Fur people soon.

Scripture Prayers for the Fur in Chad.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Fur
People Name in Country Fur
Pronunciation foor
Alternate Names Bergid; Forok; Furawi; Gelege; Konjara
Population this Country 34,000
Population all Countries 1,369,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 11779
ROP3 Code 103084
ROP25 Code 302456
ROP25 Name Fur
Country Chad
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sila region.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Chad
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sila region..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Fur in Chad Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Islam (Sunni)
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.04 %)
0.04 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.96 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Fur (34,000 speakers)
Language Code fvr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Fur (34,000 speakers)
Language Code fvr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Fur

Primary Language:  Fur

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2010-2015)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Fur Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Walking with Jesus video Jesus Film Project
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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