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Yei in Indonesia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,100 Yei Christianity 70.00 % 9.00 % No No   

Yei in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
They live primarily by hunting, fishing, gardening (short and long-term crops) in the lowlands bordering Papua New Guinea. With their land at an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level the Yei people can best be accessed by vehicle on the road from Merauke or by boat.

There are many transmigration camps are in the area. People generally wear modern clothing. The Yei folks eat roasted sago with fish. Houses are generally made from tree trunks and leaves but some have Java style houses. There is very little infrastructure in the area: no telephones, electricity or radios. The people get their drinking water in most villages from the river, but some get water from wells or rain. Most villages have a clinic or health worker but the people still use traditional medicine. The Yei people have no gospel cassettes, films or videos in their language. There are at least 4 Catholic and 4 Protestant churches in the language area.

The Yei are sometimes known as the Yey, Jei, Je, Yei-Nan people. There are at least 2 dialects in Yei: upper and lower. At home the Yei people speak their own language but Indonesian is used for trade and wider communication and at school.

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Country: Indonesia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:49 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Papua Province, Merauke regency, south coast border area, east of Moeting town along Maro river: 6 villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Yei
People Name General: Yei
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 111049
Joshua Project People ID: 16032
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,100
Population all Countries: 4,900
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Yei
Ethnic Code: AON10a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Yei (3,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): jei    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: 9.00 %)
Ethnic Religions30.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic15.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest 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
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Yei in Indonesia

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People Cluster
    New Guinea     Asia, Southeast    
      Yei Indonesia    
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            Yei in Indonesia          
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      Christianity     Yei  
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