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Yei in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,800 Yei Christianity 90.00 % 24.00 % No No   

Yei in Papua New Guinea

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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: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
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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: 1,800
Population all Countries: 4,900
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Yei
Ethnic Code: AON10a
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Primary Language: Yei (1,800 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 % 
Christianity90.00 %(Evangelical: 24.00 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
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 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
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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 Papua New Guinea

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People Cluster
    New Guinea     Australia and Pacific    
      Yei Papua New Guinea    
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            Yei in Papua New Guinea          
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      Christianity     Yei  
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