The Fuladou: A traditional region of Senegal


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Size: 10 000km2

Main ethnic group: the Fulas (Fulacounda and Fula Fouta)


Population: 300,000 – 400,000

Religion: 99% practice Islam

The Fuladou area extends roughly from Kolda in the west to the Niokolo Koba National Park in the east. It reaches into the Gambia in the north and into Guinea-Bissau in the south.

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The Fulacounda: Their religion




Here is what the first worker who arrived in the Fuladou region in 1936 wrote: "In those days the Fulas were a religious mixture of 'drinkers' (pagans) and 'pray-ers' (Muslims), although the majority - some 80% - was said to be pagan."


But 6 years later, when he had to leave the country because of the Second World War, the Muslims had reversed the percentage, the minority being pagan.


Today, all the Fulacounda are Muslims.


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The Fulacounda: The Challenge

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It was the 18th of June 1936, around midnight, in the midst of a tropical storm. Two young men arrived in a village called Velingara, somewhere far away, in the heat and humidity of the rainy season in southeast Senegal, at a time when there were hardly any roads, a time when you could still find on the sandy road the footprints of the five lions who passed by your hut during the night. It was 70 years ago!


Today, despite the many workers following in each other’s steps year after year, there are just a few Fulacounda followers of Jesus.

The Fuladou needs groundbreakers who will share the simple life of the Foulacounda in order to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to them. They are very open, but pressure of life and society make perseverance in the Jesus way difficult for them.

You can help.