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Gedeo in Ethiopia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,610,000 Gedeo Christianity 85.00 % 77.94 % No   

Gedeo in Ethiopia

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Introduction / History
The history of Gedeo people is related with the Oromo. Tradition holds that the Gedeo had as its father Darasa who was said be the brother of Guji Oromo. The Gedeo people, like other south Ethiopia peoples, were brought under Menelik II's control but in a peaceful manner. Later the people experienced the heavy burden of northern settlers in their land and were denied of all rights. The peak of reaction to northern domination came in 1960 when Gedeo peasants rebelled against the government, killing hundreds of settlers. The revolt however was suppressed by the heavy hand of the Haile Selassie government.

Where are they located?
Gedeo land exists in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region (SNNPRG) in eastern escarpment of Rift Valley, east of Lake Abay. It is surrounded by Sidama in the north, Oromo in the east, south, and west.

What are their lives like?
Gedeo are leading coffee producers, but the peasants of the areas benefit little; they use what they sell in a single day or weeks. There is high population pressure; they have been marginalized from self-governance because the people are not educated. For instance, there is Dilla University in Gedeo land but there have been no Gedeo instructors since the end of 2005.

What are their beliefs?
The great majority of Gedeo are Protestants as in other parts of southern Ethiopia. There are also Orthodox Christians and Muslims and the followers of other religions.

What are their needs?
Gedeo need equality with other people; they need modern education, self governance, health facilities.

Prayer Points
From a Gedeo believer: "Our people have set the priority to serve the Lord God and to live in peace with other ethnic groups who came to its land to reside for good. We have educated people and lots of gospel ministers worldwide ... Our prayer point is, for the Gedeo people to see the fruit of their godly love to people with rewards like: vast nationwide /global soul winning, nation wide/global prosperity."

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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’ and Oromia regions: central highland area, southwest of Dilla and east of Lake Abaya.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Gedeo
People Name General: Gedeo
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 102452
Joshua Project People ID: 11504
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,610,000
Population all Countries: 1,610,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Omotic
People Name General: Gedeo
Ethnic Code: CMT33d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Gedeo (1,610,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): drs    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity85.00 %(Evangelical: 77.94 %)
Ethnic Religions2.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam13.00 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1980
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Gedeo
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Gedeo in Ethiopia

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    Omotic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Gedeo Ethiopia    
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