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Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa, with a land area (945,000 km²) that is slightly larger than twice the size of California. Tanzania’s population of 42.5 million consists of more than 135 tribes with each speaking different dialects. The official languages of the country are Swahili and English, with more of those in the urban areas knowing English than those in the rural areas. Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest countries, with 80% of the workforce involved in subsistence agriculture. It is estimated that Christians make up 35% of Tanzania’s population, Muslims 13% and other religions and traditional beliefs around 30%.
Tanzania has been the most peaceful country in the region and has been spared the internal strife that has blighted many African states. It has however experienced the impact of these conflicts, as it has hosted some of Africa’s largest refugee populations for more than a decade due to the crisis in the great Lakes area (Tanzania is host to close to 1 million refugees).
ALARM in Tanzania
Tanzania has not experienced any open tribal wars in the last few decades, but the potential is always there. ALARM is working to prevent conflict and promote peacebuilding. Tanzania also has vast areas where strengthening the church is a high priority — either the areas have not been evangelized or the churches are weak in those areas. ALARM is active in these areas, as well as in places where the churches are growing but the leadership is untrained. ALARM is also equipping the churches to deal with the growing presence of Islam in many communities.
ALARM’s main office is in the capital of Dar El Salaam, and it also has an office in Arusha serving the northern regions of Tanzania.
Tanzania Country Director
Robert Said Mollel (Interim Country Director)