Moors in Western Sahara

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The Moors in Western Sahara are from Northern Africa. They are descendants of the Berber people and are comprised of many tribes. During the expansion of Islam, they assisted the Arabs in spreading Islam throughout Africa. They suffered persecution from an Arab king in Algeria which forced many of them to flee into Western Sahara. Their Islam was seen as different and was not approved of by the king. Moors follow a 5-tier caste system which includes having those from tribes of darker skin shades as slaves. The caste system is slowly being removed but many still adhere to believing in slavery. Moors are a nomadic people group. Though they speak a dialect of Arab they do not understand or read classical or standard Arabic. The Moors are social and enjoy spending time with others in the community. The majority of Moors are Muslim.

 Engagement // What’s Happening Now

There are very few believers near the Moors. Less than one-tenth of a percent of the Moors are followers of Jesus and those who do adhere to Christianity usually suffer from persecution. In the article “I will walk you home”, a student in Sahara unknowingly encourages a global worker during a  walk by sharing a proverb or saying from their country. “In our country we have a saying, if someone leaves their country to come and live in your country, they are a better person than you.” The global worker is assured that this saying will help them be a blessing to this student and their family.

 Sustainability // The Bigger Story

AGWM Africa wishes to establish churches in Western Sahara. Currently, there aren’t very many global workers among the Moors. The Moors are the largest unreached ethnolinguistic group in Mauritania and constitute nearly 83 percent of the nation’s unreached population. Reaching the Moors will open inroads of access among other unreached groups in West and Central Africa.

To join in reaching the Moors visit AGWM Africa.

 Partnership // Move Beyond

Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:

— Pray that missions efforts among the Moors would be strengthened and that this people group would encounter the living Christ.

— Pray that discrimination and slavery based on social class would be broken down by the power of the Spirit.

— Pray that a translation of the Bible would be made available in the Moors’ primary language.

Entrepreneurs: Consider partnering with AGWM to start a work in Western Sahara among the Moors.

Readers, Writers, Speakers: The primary language of the Moors is Hassaniyya Arabic. Because Christian literature is forbidden among the Moors, cultural bridges need to be built. This effort will require a working knowledge of both the Bible and the Quran.

Problem Solvers: According to, more than 99.9 percent of Moors are Muslim, and the vast majority of this people group has never been given an adequate presentation of Jesus as Savior.

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