The Taureg of the Sahara Desert
Pray for the Tuareg of the Sahara Desert.
The Tuareg are a semi-nomadic people related to the Berbers of North Africa. They are Folk Muslim and are well-known for the blue veils the men wear. They are proud of their culture and renown as fierce warriors.
Pray that many of the Tuareg would cry out to God: “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will find refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.” Psalm 57:1
Population: 1-2 million
Location and Background: The Tuaregs live in the Sahara Desert and the Sahel regions of Algeria, Libya, Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso. They are Berber people. Their culture dates back a thousand years.
History: It is believed the Tuareg originated in Libya and migrated South and spread across the region. Before modern shipping, they were camel caravan traders, traversing the desert transporting goods.
Culture: The Tuareg are semi-nomadic, taking their herds of goats, cows, and camels out to find pasture seasonally. The men are known as “The Blue Men of the Sahara Desert” because of the distinctive indigo blue veil they wear. Interestingly, the women do not wear veils. Women are respected and have a voice in decisions. They also own the tents and livestock.
Religion: The Tuareg are Folk Muslims. They have blended their ancient animistic beliefs with Islam.