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Shabo in Ethiopia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
500 Majang Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.00 %   

Shabo in Ethiopia

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Introduction / History
The language of the Shabo is Nilo-Saharan, probably close to Koman, and Shabo young boy has 30% lexical similarity with the Majang and 12% with West Cushitic languages.

They do not like the name "Mekeyer" which outsiders use to address or call them. They live as scattered families and have no villages. They are hunters and gatherers, beekeepers. Islam is their primary religion. They are categorized as unengaged. There are no statistical figures of Christian adherents or Protestants in the CSA. From the evangelicals that participated in the current study, not one is working among the Shabo people.

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Country: Ethiopia
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:28 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: Sheka zone; Oromia State, Illubabor zone, between Majang [mpe] and Shekkacho [moy] language areas.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Shabo
People Name General: Shabo
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 108891
Joshua Project People ID: 14883
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 500
Population all Countries: 500
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Omotic
People Name General: Shabo
Ethnic Code: CMT33d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Majang
Language Code (ISO): mpe    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Shabo (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions98.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox70.00 %
Other Christian5.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
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: 1993–2009
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Majang
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Shabo in Ethiopia

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Omotic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Shabo Ethiopia    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Shabo in Ethiopia          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Majang  
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