Soninke in France

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Historically, the Soninke have always been traders and travelers in Africa. With the increasing difficulty of farming resulting from the desertification of the land and since French colonialization, the Soninke have turned increasingly to travel and work outside of the area. Consequently, they have maintained an above average standard of living and are known to be relatively rich. The Soninke who have migrated to France, however, are virtually invisible. The French government doesn't track statistics based on religion, ethnic origin, or race. Many Soninke believe, "If you're not counted, you don't count."

Where Are they Located?

The vast majority of the Soninke people live in West Africa, but a small number have migrated to France and other Western nations.

What Are Their Lives Like?

In France, the Soninke and other West African peoples face a high incidence of unemployment. Though they were among the wealthier peoples in West Africa, they often have to settle for menial jobs in France. Racism and discrimination are serious issues. African migrants who have migrated to France are often blamed for the country's economic woes.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Like most of the people groups of West Africa, the Soninke are long-standing followers of Islam, though their beliefs are tainted by African folk religion. There are only a few known believers in Christ among them.

What Are Their Needs?

In addition to their calls for social and economic justice, the Soninke need adequate health care and educational assistance. They face an uphill battle in France to establish themselves and socially advance. They need higher education so they can function well in France's industrial economy.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to move powerfully to bless the Soninke people who have migrated to France. Ask Him to soften their hearts and turn to Him to meet their spiritual and economic needs. Pray for mission groups in France to find persons of peace and to come alongside them so that they can foster a movement to Christ among Muslim Africans in France.

Scripture Prayers for the Soninke in France.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Soninke
People Name in Country Soninke
Pronunciation suh-NING-kay
Alternate Names Azer; Sarakole; Sarawulé; Serahuli; Serer; Toubakai
Population this Country 41,000
Population all Countries 3,107,000
Total Countries 10
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 14996
ROP3 Code 109413
ROP25 Code 307660
ROP25 Name Soninke
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
95.00 %
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Soninke (41,000 speakers)
Language Code snk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Soninke (41,000 speakers)
Language Code snk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Soninke

Primary Language:  Soninke

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2001-2018)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
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Film / Video Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Soninke Jesus Film Project
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