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Gayil in Ethiopia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
68,000 Gayil Christianity 62.00 % 46.50 % No No   

Gayil in Ethiopia

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Introduction / History
The Galila people of southwest Ethiopia are considered to speak Gayil, a dialect of a language called Aari. The Galila call themselves Gayil whereas outsiders call them Galila. This is a group which does not have the Bible in their own language and cannot understand the Aari New Testament scriptures. In 1960 Christianity was introduced to Gayil and it is likely that over 35% of the Gayil people are now Christians. The Gayil live in a high-altitude location (almost 9,000 feet or a little over 2700 meters), an hours drive beyond a town called Basketto.

Subsistence farming is their way of life where they raise crops of wheat, barley, t'ef (an Ethiopian grain), korarima (an expensive Ethiopian spice often exported outside the country), corn, and false bananas. They also raise livestock such as cows and sheep. They have not succeeded in raising tomatoes due to a tomato disease and they cannot grow other fruit due to the high altitude and often cold weather. In the highlands of Galila, there are thatched round huts for sleeping and cooking. There are springs for a water source, but they are not managed and are contaminated by animals and people before becoming drinking water. The Gayil desire outside help with needs such as working with their language and community development which includes water management and sustainable crops to create a more balanced diet. There is a genuine need and desire for the Bible among the Gayil people.

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Country: Ethiopia
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:39 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: south Omo zone, Gelila wereda.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Gayil
People Name General: Gayil
ROP3 Code: 115105
Joshua Project People ID: 19793
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 68,000
Population all Countries: 68,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Omotic
People Name General: Gayil
Ethnic Code: CMT33d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Gayil (68,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): gyl    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity62.00 %(Evangelical: 46.50 %)
Ethnic Religions38.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant100.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Gayil in Ethiopia

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Omotic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Gayil Ethiopia    
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            Gayil in Ethiopia          
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      Christianity     Gayil  
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