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Population Indig % Evangel % Adherent Least Reached Progress Scale Primary Religion Primary Language Pho Map Txt
Acholi, Shuli68,00015.00 %89.00 %5 ChristianityAcholiP
Acholi, Shuli
M
Acholi, Shuli of South Sudan
 
Ageer31,000Y1.50 %15.00 %2 Ethnic ReligionsDinka, NortheasternP
Ageer
M
Ageer of South Sudan
 
Aja400Y2.00 %6.00 %2 IslamAja M
Aja of South Sudan
 
Anuak, Yambo101,000Y8.00 %15.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsAnuakP
Anuak, Yambo
M
Anuak, Yambo of South Sudan
T
Arab, Mongallese88,000Y0.20 %2.00 %Y1 IslamArabic, Sudanese Creole M
Arab, Mongallese of South Sudan
T
Arab, Sudanese471,000Y0.40 %2.00 %Y1 IslamArabic, Sudanese SpokenP
Arab, Sudanese
M
Arab, Sudanese of South Sudan
T
Avukaya58,000Y8.00 %65.00 %4 ChristianityAvokaya M
Avukaya of South Sudan
 
Azande831,00025.00 %85.00 %5 ChristianityZandeP
Azande
M
Azande of South Sudan
 
Bai, Bari8,900Y3.00 %14.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsBai M
Bai, Bari of South Sudan
 
Banda, Mid-Southern3,5005.00 %25.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsBanda, Mid-Southern M
Banda, Mid-Southern of South Sudan
 
Banda, Togbo-Vara2,9001.50 %10.00 %2 IslamBanda, Togbo-Vara M
Banda, Togbo-Vara of South Sudan
 
Banda, West Central7,7003.00 %18.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsBanda, West Central M
Banda, West Central of South Sudan
 
Banda-Banda5,1004.00 %25.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsBanda-Banda M
Banda-Banda of South Sudan
 
Banda-Mbres10,0006.00 %35.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsBanda-Mbres M
Banda-Mbres of South Sudan
 
Banda-Ndele2,30011.00 %60.00 %5 ChristianityBanda-NdeleP
Banda-Ndele
M
Banda-Ndele of South Sudan
 
Bari592,000Y7.00 %95.00 %4 ChristianityBariP
Bari
M
Bari of South Sudan
 
Baya, Gbaya15,0008.00 %35.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsGbaya, Northwest   
Belanda Bor20,000Y5.00 %16.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsBelanda BorP
Belanda Bor
M
Belanda Bor of South Sudan
 
Beli, Jur Beli77,000Y8.00 %40.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsBeli M
Beli, Jur Beli of South Sudan
 
Biykol700Y6.00 %10.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsKomoP
Biykol
  
Bongo16,000Y7.00 %45.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsBongoP
Bongo
M
Bongo of South Sudan
 
Bug, Mangayat900Y5.00 %20.00 %4 IslamMangayat M
Bug, Mangayat of South Sudan
 
Buldit6,200Y8.00 %15.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsT'apoP
Buldit
M
Buldit of South Sudan
 
Chinese, general2,10012.00 %20.00 %5 Ethnic ReligionsChinese, MandarinP
Chinese, general
  
Daasanach5,700Y1.00 %3.00 %Y1 Ethnic ReligionsDaasanachP
Daasanach
M
Daasanach of South Sudan
T
DeafY3.00 %61.00 %4 ChristianityLanguage unknownP
Deaf
  
Dhr Thuri, Wada9,200Y4.00 %14.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsThuriP
Dhr Thuri, Wada
M
Dhr Thuri, Wada of South Sudan
T
Di'dinga, Xaroxa78,000Y12.00 %18.00 %5 Ethnic ReligionsDidingaP
Di'dinga, Xaroxa
M
Di'dinga, Xaroxa of South Sudan
T
Dinka, Central68,000Y9.00 %14.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsDinka, South CentralP
Dinka, Central
M
Dinka, Central of South Sudan
 
Dinka, Northeastern 932,000Y17.00 %80.00 %5 ChristianityDinka, NortheasternP
Dinka, Northeastern
M
Dinka, Northeastern of South Sudan
T
Dinka, Northwestern97,000Y12.00 %65.00 %5 ChristianityDinka, NorthwesternP
Dinka, Northwestern
M
Dinka, Northwestern of South Sudan
 
Dinka, South Central820,000Y8.00 %80.00 %4 ChristianityDinka, South CentralP
Dinka, South Central
M
Dinka, South Central of South Sudan
 
Dinka, Southeastern294,000Y18.00 %75.00 %5 ChristianityDinka, SoutheasternP
Dinka, Southeastern
M
Dinka, Southeastern of South Sudan
 
Dinka, Southwestern3,296,000Y16.00 %79.00 %5 ChristianityDinka, SouthwesternP
Dinka, Southwestern
M
Dinka, Southwestern of South Sudan
 
Dongotono5,900Y2.00 %95.00 %3 ChristianityDongotono M
Dongotono of South Sudan
 
Gweri, Mo'da1,800Y5.00 %15.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsMo'da M
Gweri, Mo'da of South Sudan
 
Homa5,600Y4.00 %15.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsArabic, Sudanese Spoken   
Indri, Yanderika1,600Y5.00 %25.00 %4 IslamIndri M
Indri, Yanderika of South Sudan
 
Ingessana, Gaam34,0000.80 %1.00 %Y1 Ethnic ReligionsGaamP
Ingessana, Gaam
 T
Jumjum8,300Y2.50 %12.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsJumjumP
Jumjum
M
Jumjum of South Sudan
 
Jur Modo139,000Y6.00 %15.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsJur ModoP
Jur Modo
M
Jur Modo of South Sudan
 
Kacipo-Balesi5,900Y2.00 %3.00 %Y1 Ethnic ReligionsKacipo-BalesiP
Kacipo-Balesi
M
Kacipo-Balesi of South Sudan
T
Kakwa, Bari Kakwa115,0007.00 %65.00 %4 ChristianityKakwaP
Kakwa, Bari Kakwa
M
Kakwa, Bari Kakwa of South Sudan
 
Kaligi, Feroge20,000Y4.00 %20.00 %4 IslamFeroge M
Kaligi, Feroge of South Sudan
 
Kaliko13,000Y5.00 %25.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsKeliko M
Kaliko of South Sudan
 
Koguru6005.00 %65.00 %4 ChristianityZande   
Koma4,700Y3.00 %15.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsKomo M
Koma of South Sudan
T
Kresh, Kparla4,100Y4.00 %17.00 %4 IslamGbaya M
Kresh, Kparla of South Sudan
 
Kuku, Bari40,000Y6.00 %70.00 %4 ChristianityBariP
Kuku, Bari
M
Kuku, Bari of South Sudan
T
Lafon, Pari61,000Y4.00 %12.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsPariP
Lafon, Pari
M
Lafon, Pari of South Sudan
T
Langgo49,000Y11.00 %55.00 %5 ChristianityLango M
Langgo of South Sudan
 
Lokoya, Owoi65,000Y7.00 %20.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsLokoya M
Lokoya, Owoi of South Sudan
 
Lopid, Lafit90,000Y6.00 %20.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsLopitP
Lopid, Lafit
M
Lopid, Lafit of South Sudan
 
Lotuho, Latuka241,000Y7.50 %45.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsOtuhoP
Lotuho, Latuka
M
Lotuho, Latuka of South Sudan
 
Luwo199,000Y10.00 %35.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsLuwo M
Luwo of South Sudan
 
Ma'adi26,00012.00 %86.00 %5 ChristianityMa'di M
Ma'adi of South Sudan
T
Maaban82,000Y5.00 %15.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsMabaanP
Maaban
M
Maaban of South Sudan
T
Mondari, Chir82,000Y9.00 %75.00 %4 ChristianityMandari M
Mondari, Chir of South Sudan
T
Morokodo, Ma'di59,000Y3.00 %15.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsMorokodo M
Morokodo, Ma'di of South Sudan
 
Moru, Kala Moru178,000Y8.00 %70.00 %4 ChristianityMoruP
Moru, Kala Moru
M
Moru, Kala Moru of South Sudan
 
Mundu58,000Y5.00 %25.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsMundu M
Mundu of South Sudan
T
Murle152,000Y1.50 %10.00 %2 Ethnic ReligionsMurleP
Murle
M
Murle of South Sudan
T
Narim, Lariminit9,000Y2.20 %20.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsNarim M
Narim, Lariminit of South Sudan
 
Ndogo23,000Y7.00 %55.00 %4 ChristianityNdogo M
Ndogo of South Sudan
T
Njalgulgule2,700Y1.00 %4.00 %Y1 IslamNjalgulgule M
Njalgulgule of South Sudan
T
Nuer, Naath2,119,000Y8.00 %25.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsNuerP
Nuer, Naath
M
Nuer, Naath of South Sudan
T
Nyamusa-Molo1,900Y6.00 %18.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsNyamusa-Molo M
Nyamusa-Molo of South Sudan
 
Nyangatom15,000Y2.00 %3.50 %Y1 Ethnic ReligionsNyangatomP
Nyangatom
M
Nyangatom of South Sudan
T
Olubogo, Ondoe Luloba25,000Y2.50 %40.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsOlu'bo M
Olubogo, Ondoe Luloba of South Sudan
 
Opuuo, Shita4,1002.00 %10.00 %2 Ethnic ReligionsT'apoP
Opuuo, Shita
M
Opuuo, Shita of South Sudan
 
Reel, Atwot89,000Y8.00 %14.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsReelP
Reel, Atwot
M
Reel, Atwot of South Sudan
T
Shilluk, Dhocolo444,000Y11.00 %45.00 %5 Ethnic ReligionsShillukP
Shilluk, Dhocolo
M
Shilluk, Dhocolo of South Sudan
T
Tara Baaka, Mbaka47,000Y6.00 %65.00 %4 ChristianityBaka M
Tara Baaka, Mbaka of South Sudan
 
Tennet12,000Y2.00 %8.00 %2 Ethnic ReligionsTennetP
Tennet
M
Tennet of South Sudan
 
Toposa241,000Y0.30 %90.00 %3 ChristianityToposaP
Toposa
M
Toposa of South Sudan
T
Uduk5,500Y3.00 %20.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsUdukP
Uduk
M
Uduk of South Sudan
 
Viri, Belanda Viri57,000Y5.00 %20.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsBelanda ViriP
Viri, Belanda Viri
M
Viri, Belanda Viri of South Sudan
 
Yulu3,5004.00 %25.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsYulu  T
Total People Groups:   78 12,859,000 62     7     43 70 25
Unclassified / Other Individuals 237,000  
UN Country Population (2017) 13,096,000  
Other reported groups:  3  
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South Sudan – People Progress

% of People Groups [1]
 
% of Population in People Group [1] [2]
 
Progress Level Peoples % of Peoples Population % of Population [2]
  1 - Unreached 7 9.0 % 622,000 4.8 %
  2 - Minimally reached 6 7.7 % 202,000 1.6 %
  3 - Superficially reached 2 2.6 % 247,000 1.9 %
  4 - Partially reached 51 65.4 % 5,668,000 44.1 %
  5 - Significantly reached 12 15.4 % 6,119,000 47.6 %
Totals 78   12,859,000  


NOTES:
  1. Small Values: Values less than .3% are not shown on pie charts for labeling clarity.
  2. % of Population in People Group:  The percentage of the population that lives in a people group at each progress level. Not every person living in an unreached people group is necessarily unreached.
South Sudan – Languages
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Acholiach10Complete
Ajaaja10Need?
Anuakanu10Complete
Arabic, Sudanese Creolepga11Portions
Arabic, Sudanese Spokenapd21NT
Avokayaavu10NT
Baibdj10Need?
Bakabdh10NT
Banda, Mid-Southernbjo10None
Banda, Togbo-Varator10None
Banda, West Centralbbp10None
Banda-Bandabpd10None
Banda-Mbresbqk10None
Banda-Ndelebfl10None
Baribfa20Complete
Belanda Borbxb10None
Belanda Viribvi10None
Beliblm10Portions
Bongobot10Portions
Chinese, Mandarincmn10Complete
Daasanachdsh11NT
Didingadid10Portions
Dinka, Northeasterndip20NT
Dinka, Northwesterndiw10None
Dinka, South Centraldib20Portions
Dinka, Southeasterndks10NT
Dinka, Southwesterndik10NT
Dongotonoddd10Need?
Ferogefer10Need?
Gaamtbi11None
Gbayakrs10Portions
Gbaya, Northwestgya10Complete
Indriidr10Need?
Jumjumjum10None
Jur Modobex10NT
Kacipo-Balesikoe11None
Kakwakeo10Complete
Kelikokbo10Portions
Komoxom20Portions
Langolno10None
Language unknownxxx10None
Lokoyalky10Need?
Lopitlpx10None
Luwolwo10NT
Ma'dimhi10NT
Mabaanmfz10NT
Mandarimqu10None
Mangayatmyj10Need?
Mo'dagbn10None
Morokodomgc10None
Morumgd10Complete
Mundumuh10NT
Murlemur10NT
Narimloh10None
Ndogondz10NT
Njalgulgulenjl11Need?
Nuernus10Complete
Nyamusa-Molonwm10None
Nyangatomnnj11None
Olu'bolul10None
Otuholot10NT
Parilkr10NT
Reelatu10None
Shillukshk10Complete
T'apolgn20None
Tennettex10Portions
Thurithu10Need?
Toposatoq10Portions
Udukudu10NT
Yuluyul10None
Zandezne20Complete
Totals: 71 78 7   37 25 29 54 6
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South Sudan – Religions
Major Religions [1] [3]
Evangelicals: 11.4 %
(subset of Christianity)
 
Christianity Segments [2] [3]
(Evangelicals distributed across
Christianity Segments)
 
% Evangelical and % Professing Christian Trends [4]

NOTES:
  1. Major Religions: Each People Group's population is multiplied by the Major Religion percentages for that people group. Results are summed for each Religion for all Peoples within the country.
  2. Christianity Segments: Each People Group's population is multiplied by the Christianity Segments percentages for that people group. Results are summed for each Christianity Segment for all peoples within the country.
  3. Small Values: Values less than .3% are not shown on pie charts for labeling clarity.
  4. % Evangelical and % Professing Christian Trends:  Source Operation World Editions 1986, 1993, 2001, 2010.
    Zero percent data values may mean unknown or unavailable.
South Sudan – Possible Ministry Involvement
  • Below are lists of ministries that may work in South Sudan. Ministries in the South Sudan section probably minister in this country. Ministries in the East and Southern Africa section only possibly minister in this country. The purpose of this information is to assist potential new missionaries connect with sending agencies and for general ministry networking. Click on the links below to visit ministry websites for further information. Visit the Power-Of-Connecting "Find a Network Tool" to find further networking information.
  • The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Omissions are not intentional, but occur simply from lack of data. Please contact us to suggest other ministries to include here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.
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South Sudan – Statistics, Prayer Cards, Maps and Links
 
Statistics
Population 12,859,000
Percent Urbanization 19 %
Total People Groups 78
Unreached People Groups 7
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Official National Language English
Secondary National LanguageArabic, Sudanese Spoken
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Professing Christian 57.9%  [1]
Percent Evangelical 11.4%  [2]
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking Not ranked (1=High to 50=Low OD)
Human Development Index 0.418 (0=Low to 1=High UN)

Links
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Notes
[1]  Calculated by summing the major religion data for the people groups in the country.
[2]  Calculated by summing the Evangelical data for the people groups in the country.
 
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