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Apakabeti in Congo, Democratic Republic of

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
52,000 Pagibete Christianity 82.00 % 16.00 % No No   

Apakabeti in Congo, Democratic Republic of

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Introduction / History
The Pagibete live in the rainforest, isolated from others by the Dua River. The people rely on subsistence farming, hunting and fishing to support themselves. The men leave their villages periodically to hunt in the forest. Their diet includes cassava, plantains, rice and maize. They also raise sheep, chickens, ducks and goats for food and income, as forest hunting is becoming less productive. They are self-sufficient, but their isolation restricts trade and communication.

The Pagibete people are among more than 50 million Congolese people who have been affected by civil war that has claimed an estimated 3 to 5 million lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Some Pagibete villages have been damaged or even destroyed during the nation's civil war. About 75 percent of the Pagibete people claim to be Christians. The rest practice animism or adhere to cult-like groups. The Pagibete people show a hunger to own Bibles, and during church services, there are frequent explanations of the Scriptures in the Pagibete language. Amid devastation from war, the Pagibete people have responded enthusiastically to Bible translation efforts. The political and economic situation has made it difficult for outsiders to enter the country, but church leaders have released educated people from their congregations to help translate the Scriptures.

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Country: Congo, Democratic Republic of
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Equateur province: Businga, Yakoma, and Bumba territories; Mongbapele along road south of Businga; Momveda around Ngakpo on Dua river north side, across from Gumba; Yakoma territory, Butu. Ndundusana in north Bumba territory, south of Butu and at Ndundu-Sana.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Apakabeti
People Name General: Apakabeti
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 100412
Joshua Project People ID: 10366
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 52,000
Population all Countries: 52,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-Congo
People Name General: Apakabeti
Ethnic Code: NAB57c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Pagibete (52,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pae    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity82.00 %(Evangelical: 16.00 %)
Ethnic Religions18.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent12.00 %
Protestant23.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian26.00 %
Roman Catholic39.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1996
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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None Reported
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Apakabeti in Congo, Democratic Republic of

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      Apakabeti Congo, Democratic Republic of    
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