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Kairak in Papua New Guinea

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,100 Kairak Christianity 70.00 % 15.00 % No No   

Kairak in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The outsider's perspective of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been defined by several memorable images: the Asaro mudmen of Eastern Highlands Province; the elaborate headdresses and painted faces of the Huli people in Southern Highlands Province; and the traditional fire dancing among the Baining people in East New Britain Province. Kairak speakers are Baining people found near Kokopo, a town in East New Britain Province. The Kairak people's close proximity to Kokopo has brought urbanisation into the language area. In the face of modern developments, the Kairak people are maintaining their language and distinct identity as Baining people.

Community leaders in the Kairak villages of Malabunga and Ivere have expressed an earnest desire to have the Bible translated into their own language. Currently, the people use the Bibles of two local trade languages, Tok Pisin and Kuanua, as well as the English Bible in church. SIL seeks to come alongside the Kairak community through a programme called the New Britain Initiative (NBI). If developed, this programme would focus on training Papua New Guineans in translation practices and then oversee teams of national translators as they work on the New Testament. The Kairak people want to be able to read God's word in their own tongue and are enthusiastic about the prospect of being involved in this programme.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:East New Britain province: Ivere and Malabunga villages on Gazelle peninsula.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kairak
People Name General: Kairak
ROP3 Code: 104426
Joshua Project People ID: 12427
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,100
Population all Countries: 1,100
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Kairak
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Kairak (1,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ckr    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity70.00 %(Evangelical: 15.00 %)
Ethnic Religions30.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant60.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
(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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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Kairak in Papua New Guinea

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