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Suain in Papua New Guinea

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,400 Ulau-Suain Christianity 99.00 % 17.00 % No No   

Suain in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The speakers of Ulau-Suain live in the villages of Ulau, Suain and Tawak. Ulau and Suain are located on the Sepik coast and Tawak is located a little way inland. Ulau and Suain are broken into many smaller hamlets, with people living in clan groups.

People collect building materials for their houses from their own land, having ready access to sago palms, bamboo and other building materials. Most houses are built on stilts. There are now some semi-permanent houses with corrugated iron roofs.

People in the Ulau-Suain area mainly eat sago, made by processing pith of the sago palm. Sago can be cooked in a variety of different ways, the most common of which is to mix it with hot water and form small balls with a jelly-like consistency. People also have gardens where they grow fruit, greens and assorted tubers.

The Catholic Church was the first denomination to evangelize the Ulau-Suain area. They did some work before World War 2, but did not become really established until after the war. They started the two primary schools in the area. Most people would still claim affiliation to the Catholic Church although, since the 1970s, other denominations have started churches in the area.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Sandaun province: Suain coastal area, Ulau 1, Ulau 2.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Suain
People Name General: Suain
ROP3 Code: 109561
Joshua Project People ID: 15096
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,400
Population all Countries: 4,400
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Suain
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Ulau-Suain (4,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): svb    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity99.00 %(Evangelical: 17.00 %)
Ethnic Religions1.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic80.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Suain in Papua New Guinea

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    New Guinea     Australia and Pacific    
      Suain Papua New Guinea    
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            Suain in Papua New Guinea          
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