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Mesqan in Ethiopia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
399,000 Mesqan Islam 10.00 % 4.70 % No No   

Mesqan in Ethiopia

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Introduction / History
The Mesqan people live in the highlands, at the base of the mountains and in the surrounding city of Buttajira, Ethiopia. The Mesquan, who speak a language related to other Gurage languages, do not consider themselves to be Gurage. They share a border to the south with the Silt'e people, a large Muslim group.

Like most groups in the Gurage region of Ethiopia, the Mesqan are traders and the men travel a great deal. The women travel much less and have little opportunity to learn neighboring language, other than Silt'e. The Mesqan are devout Muslims and have little interest in seeing their language developed.

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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
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: west Gurage zone, Mesqan woreda, principal villages: Mikayelo, Mesqan, Butajira and Hudat.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Mesqan
People Name General: Mesqan
ROP3 Code: 115404
Joshua Project People ID: 19531
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 399,000
Population all Countries: 399,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Ethio-Semitic
People Name General: Mesqan
Ethnic Code: CMT34c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Mesqan (399,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mvz    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity10.00 %(Evangelical: 4.70 %)
Ethnic Religions6.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam84.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant15.00 %
Orthodox75.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Mesqan in Ethiopia

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People Cluster
    Ethio-Semitic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Mesqan Ethiopia    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Mesqan in Ethiopia          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Mesqan  
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