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The 1.3 million Guhayna are fairly nomadic people and are one of three main groups of Arabs who live in the White Nile/Sudan area. Not much is known about this people group other than that they are Sudanese Arabs who trace their heritage to the Bedouin that wandered the deserts of Saudi Arabia centuries ago.

The Guhayna embrace the religion of Islam and aspects of pure Arab life. They adhere to rigid codes of honor, loyalty and hospitality, the strong role of men in society, the value of children, subservience of women (although they are more liberal and dress more freely than many of their counterparts around the world), and the Five Pillars of Islam.

Most Christian workers have concentrated on reaching the Southern Sudanese and have neglected the country’s Muslim majority. Among these Muslims, conversion to Christianity is not well-accepted and comes with severe consequences.


Prayer Points

  • Pray that fear of persecution from Islamic relatives will not hinder the Guhayna as they consider the Gospel.
  • Pray for relief workers in Sudan who are skilled in administration, logistics, education, finances, healthcare, and community training.

Quick Facts

  • Language: Sudanese Arabic
  • Trade Language: Arabic
  • Population: 1,350,000

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