Transforming The 10/40 Window Nations Through The Power of Prayer

Get to Know The Sahrawi People

The men rose from the mats on the floor. They had just finished their supper of skewered fish. As they took their animated discussion about the weather, trade, and politics to the adjacent room, the women cleared the short, round table. The children scuttled in and sat cross-legged on the mats their fathers recently vacated. After serving their children, the women sat down last, as was the custom of the Sahrawi people.

The Sahrawi people, a nomadic people group, have lived in Western Sahara since time immemorial. Due to poor rainfall, agriculture is severely limited in the region. Most Sahrawis are either herdsmen or traders, while some are warriors. Arabs ruled the region from the 1300s to the1600s. The Sahrawi people are descendants of the Arab rulers and the Berber locals of the land. They speak an Arabic dialect called “Hassaniya.”  They embraced Islam. However, their brand of Islam retained beliefs that predate the Arab invasion.  They are viewed as more tolerant of other faith traditions.

Western Sahara came under the Spanish rule in 1884. It became a Spanish province in 1934. Their nomadic lifestyle was curtailed with the Spanish occupation. This period was peppered with revolts against the occupying power. When the Spanish relinquished power in 1975, the Moroccan government annexed Western Sahara. Since then, the Sahrawi people continue to be the last occupied people in the world.

Pray for more Sahrawi people to read about the love of God in the Christian literature available in their language (The Bible, Psalm 119: 16).

Ask the Lord to soften the hearts of the Sahrawi people towards the Gospel message (The Bible, Proverbs 30: 5).

Pray that the Sahrawis experience the love of Jesus Christ and find their ultimate identity as children of the Most High God (The Bible, Romans 5:8).

Ask God to raise up Christian Believers who will make intercession for the Sahrawi people (The Bible, 1 Timothy 2:1).

Sources: Western Sahara profile (BBC) Sahrawi of Algeria (Joshua Project)

This article originally appeared in the August 2013 Edition of the Win 10/40 Reporter.

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