Introduction / History Kabba is a Sara language, which takes its name from the approximately 80,000 people who speak it. Some Kabba speak different dialects, which are mutually intelligible.
Where are they located? They live in the North of the Central African Republic (C.A.R.), which was a French colony called Ubangui Shari from 1887 to 1960. Approximately 20,000 Kabba live in Chad and in Cameroon where they fled during civil wars and persecution by other ethnic groups. The C.A.R. is a land-locked country bordering on Chad, Sudan, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo and Cameroon.
What are their lives like? The Central African Republic: Savanna vegetation dominates the north and equatorial rainforests to the south. It is primarily an agricultural economy with relatively undeveloped mineral resources. Natural resources include diamonds, uranium, iron ore, gold, lime, zinc, copper, tin, wood, oil, hydropower and elephants. In 2002 the estimated population was 3.5 million. The main ethnic groups are the Banda, the Gbaya, the Manjja, the Sara, the Mbum, the Ngbaka, the Yakoma and the Nzakara. French is the official and Sango the national language. The majority of the Kabba attend Christian churches regularly. However ancestral worship, totemism, fetishism, animistic beliefs and sorcery continue to play an important part of the world view, especially during times of turmoil, civil wars, illness, misfortune, hunger and death. Many people attribute illness such as AIDS to unnatural causes, like sorcery.
They cultivate cassava, millet, corn, bananas, sweet potatoes, sesame, and cotton. They hunt gazelles, antelopes, wild boars, porcupines, monkeys and pangolins. Some are fishermen. They lead a life full of hardships with much courage and faith of better things to come one day. They share the little food they may have with great generosity.
What are their beliefs? They are mostly Christian (Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal) with a mix of animist beliefs. Some are Muslim.
What are their needs? They need treatment for AIDS, HIV and tuberculosis. There is a need for victory over corruption.