Afar in Eritrea


The Afar are indigenous to East Africa with 600,000 living in Eritrea. The Afar are socially separated into
two classes based on wealth. Most are nomadic herders, so wealth is based on the size of one’s herd. The Afar are predominantly Muslim, however, Eritrea is evenly divided between Muslims and Christians. Along with their Islamic convictions, the Afar are highly spiritual and practice several pre-Islamic religious rites.

Engagement // What’s Happening Now

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Eritrea is the second most affected region in the world by HIV/AIDS. Africa AG Care has an HIV/AIDS focused initiative called Cry Africa. Cry Africa engages people living with HIV/AIDS by resourcing the local church to bring hope and healing.

This video shares the story of Ati, an African man who has seen the horrific effects of HIV/AIDS and found hope through Cry Africa:

Sustainability // The Bigger Story

In Eritrea, the Full Gospel Church of Eritrea and some AG partners came together to launch the School of Leadership Training. Three sessions, each five weeks long, seek to equip people for the purpose of pastoring and church planting in Eritrea.

Partnership // Move Beyond
  • Pray the Afar who have contracted HIV/AIDS will find healing and understanding through Cry Africa.
  • Pray that the Spirit leads more workers to the Afar.
  • Pray that the church in Eritrea will be encouraged and see growth in their communities.

Interested in more opportunities? See the Wide Open website.

Joshua HuverAfar in Eritrea