Bari of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 4,000

ROP3 Code: 101283
IMB Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African
People Cluster: Nilotic
Language: Bari - (bfa)
Religion: Christianity - Protestant
Country of Origin: South Sudan

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  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 4,000

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Brief Profile

The Bari people, also known as the Karo, are a Nilotic people group originating from South Sudan, as well as adjacent parts of southwestern Ethiopia. Other communities residing on the savanna lands of the While Nile in in South Sudan refer to them as the Duor. They speak the Bari language, which belongs to the Nilo-Saharan family and is a tonal language.

Traditionally the Baris believe in one almighty God and existence of powerful spirits (good and evil). Today the Bari's demography is made up of Christians (Catholics and Protestants), Muslims, and followers of traditional religions (not organized).

In the past Bari underwent initiation ceremonies. Both boys and girls subjected themselves to removal of lower front teeth. The girls, in addition got tattoos: around the belly area, the flank, the back, and the face (on the temple) in the form of arrow shapes, or simple flowers. Those traditions in North America are not always observed.

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 for evangelical Bari people to understand and open their hearts to the Great Commission of "go and make disciples of all nations."
  • Pray that God will call out evangelical Bari to cross-cultures engaging the many unreached unengaged people groups both in the North America and abroad.
  • Pray for Bari people who have yet responded to the Gospel message and experienced a intimate relationship with a living God through Christ Jesus.


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United StatesDallasDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX4,000