Northern Kurd in Australia


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Introduction / History

Who am I? For Kurdish Muslims, this question is very difficult. Kurds are one of the largest people group clusters in the Middle East, yet they live in a land dominated by Arabs, Turks, or Iranians, depending on the exact location. In each of these countries, they are expected to conform to the dominant culture.

Since the late 1960s, Kurdish refugees began to move to Australia, where yet another layer of "identity crisis" has hit them. Different Kurdish refugees came to Australia speaking different languages, so it is not easy to have their kids go to a "Kurdish" language and culture class. Like many second generation immigrants, Kurdish youths are stuck between the old and the new cultures.

Some refugees, like the so-called Boat People of Southeast Asia, eventually managed to get re-established in their host countries. The 1,500 Kurds in Australia are still having difficulties. Not only did many of them arrive with very little to get themselves started financially, but they lack business and language skills. They desperately need to learn English to find good jobs. As it is, many of them are in low-paying construction jobs.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Nearly all Kurds are Muslim, most being Shafiite Sunnis. They first embraced Islam after the Arab conquests of the seventh century. Today, they primarily look to Islam as a basis for social justice. However, despite being predominantly Muslim, religion has created deep rifts among the Kurds. Many of the dispossessed Kurd minorities have become associated with the secret and unorthodox sects of Islam.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kurd, Kurmanji in Australia.

Pray for godly Christians to go to the Kurds in Australia to teach English and business skills.
Pray that Christian radio and TV broadcasts will fill the cultural gap by providing high quality materials in Kurmanji and other languages spoken by Kurds.
Pray that soon the Kurds in Australia will have their identity in their Savior.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-06-29
People Name General Kurd, Kurmanji
People Name in Country Kurd, Kurmanji
Natural Name Northern Kurd
Pronunciation kerd
Population this Country 4,500
Population all Countries 15,639,000
Total Countries 33
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Kermanji; Kurmanji; Turkish Kurd; Yazidi; Yezidi
People ID 12877
ROP3 Code 105458
Country Australia
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Australia
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Kurdish, Northern (4,500 speakers)
Language Code kmr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kurdish, Northern (4,500 speakers)
Language Code kmr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kurdish, Northern

Primary Language:  Kurdish, Northern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1856-2016)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1872-2005)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2008)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Forum Bible Agencies
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Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible Stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kurdish, Northern
Film / Video Life's Gold
Film / Video Life's Gold
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
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General Gospel resources links
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.70 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
5.0 %
Independent
5.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
2.0 %
Protestant
78.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
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