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Atong in Cameroon

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
7,400 Atong Christianity 62.00 % 0.30 % No No   

Atong in Cameroon

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Introduction / History
The Atong people refer to themselves and their language as Etoh; however, no one outside of their community will recognize this name. They live in five major villages in a moderately remote area of Cameroon. The geography is mountainous and lightly forested. The furthest village is half a day's walk to the nearest road serving Ngie and Oshie.

Except for the village of Akanunku, the area inhabited by the Atong is largely undeveloped. There is one clinic and one secondary school in Akanunku, serving several people groups in this region. Each village has a primary school and one or two churches. Most Atong still adhere to traditional beliefs and practices,yet they are hungry for the Word of God in their own language. This was made evident after visits from a group of evangelists and nurses who held Bible Studies and clinics over several weekends. Even when the students from the Institute for Biblical Studies in Bamenda had left, the local people continued to lead Bible study meetings that grew rapidly and were conducted by local people.

Any effective ministry would require at least the use of Pidgin English, since comprehension of standard English is limited to teachers and various leaders. No deep impact could be made in reaching these people without having the Scriptures in Atong. Even though they desire to have the Scriptures done, it may be difficult to get the Presbyterians and Catholics to cooperate on a mutual Bible translation project.

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Country: Cameroon
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:48 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:North West region: Momo division, extreme northwest Widikum-Menka subdivision; 5 villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Atong
People Name General: Atong
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 100602
Joshua Project People ID: 10479
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 7,400
Population all Countries: 7,400
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Cameroon-Bamileke
People Name General: Atong
Ethnic Code: NAB57a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Atong (7,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ato    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity62.00 %(Evangelical: 0.30 %)
Ethnic Religions38.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent2.00 %
Protestant1.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian23.00 %
Roman Catholic74.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Atong in Cameroon

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People Cluster
    Bantu, Cameroon-Bamileke     Africa, West and Central    
      Atong Cameroon    
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