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Fiu, Kwara'ae in Solomon Islands

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
59,000 Kwara'ae Christianity 99.00 % 34.00 %   

Fiu, Kwara'ae in Solomon Islands

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Introduction / History
Kwara 'ae is the largest indigenous language in the Solomon Islands. The language is spoken by people living in the north-central part of Malaita Island. There are also a large number of Kwara 'ae people living in Honiara, the capital of the Solomons on the Island of Guadacanal.

The Kwara 'ae people's traditional religion was ancestor worship. They lived in hamlets, in which small groups of brothers worshipped important ancestors at family taboo sites. Before the British came in 1893, there were many inter-clan fights and revenge killings taking place. Many men were armed with guns. The British, however, pacified the area in the 1920s and 1930s. Around 1900, the first Christians arrived in the language area. These men were actually Solomon Islanders' who had been taken away to Australia to work in sugarcane fields. Many of these men became Christians while working in Australia. After a plea for help, two different churches came to start work in Malaita.

In the 1970s a revival broke out in the church of Malaita which caused the church to grow. Today, the churches are all indigenous and there are not many people who follow full-fledged traditional ancestor worship.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2006-06-07
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Country: Solomon Islands
Continent: Oceania
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Malaita province: central Malaita island.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Fiu, Kwara'ae
People Name General: Fiu
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 103031
Joshua Project People ID: 11214
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 59,000
Population all Countries: 59,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: Solomons
People Name General: Fiu
Ethnic Code: AON09d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kwara'ae (59,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kwf    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity99.00 %(Evangelical: 34.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small1.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1909-1938
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kwara'Ae
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Fiu, Kwara'ae in Solomon Islands

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People Cluster
    Solomons     Australia and Pacific    
      Fiu Solomon Islands    
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