Western Karaboro in Burkina Faso

The Western Karaboro have only been reported in Burkina Faso
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Introduction / History

The Syem, or Western Karaboro, are one of the many small groups inhabiting the southwestern corner of Burkina Faso. As far as culture is concerned, they are similar to the Kai, or Eastern Karaboro. They speak a different language, so they are a different people group.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Western Karaboro live in a beautiful region. Their homeland is dotted with hills and small lakes. While the Kai are noted for their millet and maize farming, the Western Karaboro focus on growing rice. They are also involved in various crafts and money making trades. They produce palm wine, grow vegetables to sell at the local market, make pottery, weave baskets, and produce other crafts.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Western Karaboro are almost entirely Muslim. Their occupation as merchants turns them towards this religion; non-Muslims have a hard time establishing themselves in the local markets. They also adhere to traditional religion. The gospel has had very little success in penetrating the Western Karaboro culture.


What Are Their Needs?

As far as development needs of the group, the Western Karaboro are better off than many peoples of Burkina Faso. There is a hospital within 10 miles of most of their villages, and at least five of eleven Western Karaboro villages have elementary schools. Middle and high schools are close to their villages. However, they still have needs for better health care and education.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Lord opens Western Karaboro hearts to his truth.
Pray for gospel materials in the Western Karaboro language.
A further complication is that the gospel will probably only be presented to them in the Jula language, which is a second language to them. Pray that the Western Karaboro will be stimulated to become literate in Jula, a larger language that has gospel materials. This will greatly help them in all basic education, learning about agriculture, health and biblical spiritual truths.


Scripture Prayers for the Karaboro, Western in Burkina Faso.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  
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People Name General Karaboro, Western
People Name in Country Karaboro, Western
Natural Name Western Karaboro
Population this Country 72,000
Population all Countries 72,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Karaboro; Senufo, Karaboro; Syem; Syer; Western Karaboro
People ID 15371
ROP3 Code 110786
Country Burkina Faso
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Cascades region: Comoe province, west of main Ferké to Bobo-Dioulosso road and Banfora. South.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Burkina Faso
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Cascades region: Comoe province, west of main Ferké to Bobo-Dioulosso road and Banfora. South..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Karaboro, Western (72,000 speakers)
Language Code kza   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Karaboro, Western (72,000 speakers)
Language Code kza   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Karaboro, Western

Primary Language:  Karaboro, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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 Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
86.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
50.0 %
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Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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