Dinka of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 4,815

ROP3 Code: 102620
IMB Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African
People Cluster: Nilotic
Language: South Central Dinka - (dib)
Religion: Christianity
Country of Origin: South Sudan

Majority Located Where

  Kansas City, MO - 750

  Edmonton, AB - 420

  Calgary, AB - 150

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 100

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Brief Profile

The Dinka belong to a larger group known as the Nilotics. The term "Dinka" was invented by outsiders. The people now known as the Dinka actually call themselves Muonjang or Jieng. Among the Dinka, only an educated minority knows that they are called Dinka.

The Central Dinka people came to North America as refugees from South Sudan due to war. The experience of Dinka refugees was portrayed in the documentary movie Lost Boys of Sudan by Megan Mylan.

Unlike the Arab, Sudanese who inhabited northern Sudan and adhered to Islam, the Dinka inhabited southern Sudan and mixed indigenous animist religious beliefs with Christianity.

Historically in South Sudan, the Dinka were mainly agripastoral people, relying on cattle herding at riverside camps in the dry season and growing millet (awuou) and other varieties of grains (rap) in fixed settlements during the rainy season.

Please note: The Sudanese people group cluster, numbering over 100,000, includes the Acholi, Anuak, Azande, Bari, Central Dinka, Jur Modo, Kaliko, Mabaan, Madi, Moru, Nuer, Shilluk, plus several other minority people groups. They are socially, culturally, linguistically, and religiously diverse with each having their own unique people group identity.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that Christians will minister to both the physical and spiritual needs of the Dinka people.
  • Pray that evangelical Dinkas will take the message of Christ to other unreached African people group now in North America.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesOlatheKansas CityKS500
United StatesKCMOKansas CityMO250
United StatesDeSotoDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX100