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Bwamu, Twi in Burkina Faso

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
42,000 Bwamu, Cwi Ethnic Religions 28.30 % 14.00 % No No   

Bwamu, Twi in Burkina Faso

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Introduction / History
The speakers of Twi, one of the Bwamu languages, are found in western Burkina Faso. It is an area with scattered trees and a lot of dust. They call themselves the "Bwaba". The climate in this area is hot and dry with the exception of the annual rainy season from May to September. The most typical occupation of the Bwaba is subsistence farming. Typical products are corn, millet, sorghum, and peanuts. They sell some surplus of their crops. Their food is mainly composed of these starches and nutrient and vitamin deficiencies are common. Malnutrition is a problem. Wells are the source for water, but many of them are contaminated and parasites and infections are very common.

The Bwaba live in mud huts with only the barest minimum of necessities, practically no furniture. Furniture is considered a luxury. Clothing is Spartan: men wear western style and the women wear a traditional skirt and a top.

Bicycles and walking are the most common forms of transportation. Recreation includes trips to the market and visiting relatives. Maintaining good relationships with relatives is a necessity for survival. If one is in need of money, food or child care, the relatives are obligated to meet their needs. The eldest male family member maintains authority within a large extended family structure.

What are their beliefs?
Families usually celebrate either traditional religious ceremonies or the Muslim festivals or both. The people remain open to Christianity, but individuals who have converted have experienced family pressures and even persecution. There is a need to learn the Twi-Bwamu language for effective cross cultural missionaries. They would need to share in their culture if they want to help them and share the Gospel with them. They need the Bible translated into their language.

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Country: Burkina Faso
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Boucle du Muhoun region: Bale province, Kabourou area; Est region; Hauts-Bassin region: Tuy province: Founzan; Sud-Ouest region: Ioba province.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Bwamu, Twi
People Name General: Bwamu, Twi
Alternate People Names:
Twi Bwamu
ROP3 Code: 101825
Joshua Project People ID: 11061
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 42,000
Population all Countries: 42,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Bwamu, Twi
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bwamu, Cwi (42,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bwy    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity28.30 %(Evangelical: 14.00 %)
Ethnic Religions62.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam9.70 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant40.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic55.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Bwamu, Twi in Burkina Faso

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