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Karo in Ethiopia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,400 Karo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 11.67 % No No   

Karo in Ethiopia

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Introduction / History
The Karo live south of the Mursi on the left bank of the Omo River. Their language, which is Karo, is related with the Hamer-Banna and has 81% lexical similarity. It is an Omotic language. They subsist through farming. They use the hoe to cultivate the land and rely on the Omo River for water. They also fish especially in times of scarcity. They have a ceremony of jumping over lined cattle, similar to that of the Hamer. A young who is able to jump over a large number of cattle proves that he is able to marry. They peacefully co-exist with their neighbors but at times get into conflict with the Mursi. They are followers of ethnic religion.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Lord will open the hearts of the Karo to hear the gospel and be followers of Christ.
* Ask God to raise laborers and intercessors for the Karo.
* Ask the Lord to provide evangelistic resources in their language.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2013-01-06
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Country: Ethiopia
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:39 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: south Omo zone, upstream from Daasanach [dsh] language area, riverside settlements near Hamer-Banna [amf] language area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Karo
People Name General: Karo
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 104685
Joshua Project People ID: 12547
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,400
Population all Countries: 2,400
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Omotic
People Name General: Karo
Ethnic Code: CMT33d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Karo (2,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kxh    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity15.00 %(Evangelical: 11.67 %)
Ethnic Religions85.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant80.00 %
Orthodox20.00 %
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 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active 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
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
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Karo in Ethiopia

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Omotic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Karo Ethiopia    
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            Karo in Ethiopia          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Karo  
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