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Ximre in Ethiopia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
393,000 Xamtanga Christianity 98.00 % 1.02 % No   

Ximre in Ethiopia

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Introduction / History
In the mountainous highlands of northern Ethiopia lives a small group of people known as the Xamir. These people live in the North Amhara Regional State about 150 km northwest of Lake T'and, near the Simien mountains. The three main towns in that area are Sekota, Tsizika, and Dehana.

What are their lives like?
The language the Xamir people speak is called Xamtanga although their language is also known as Agawinya, Khamtanga, Simt'anga, Xamta or Xamir. Languages in the surrounding area are Amharic, Afar and Tigrigna.

Xamtanga is used in schools and is known by most of the people, although some also speak Amharic. They have a strong desire for Scripture and literature in their language. The Government is also favorable to translation of the Scriptures, since it will inspire a greater interest in reading and literacy.

The Xamir people are agriculturalists and produce primarily wheat and sorghum but poverty wracks families trying to grow what they need in the powdery, draught-ridden soil.

What are their beliefs?
About 100% of the people would say they are Christians (mostly Orthodox) but extremely few are evangelical.

What are their needs?
Despite their Christian heritage, the Xamir society staggers under a heavy burden of HIV/AIDS. Because they have never had access to God's Word in their own language, Xamir family relationships hinge on unfortunate traditions, including child marriage and female circumcision.

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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:North Amhara region: Avergele district, Lasta and Waag zones, 100 km north of Weldiya; southeast Tigray region: Jirurzba area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Ximre
People Name General: Ximre
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 103680
Joshua Project People ID: 12050
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 393,000
Population all Countries: 393,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Ethio-Semitic
People Name General: Ximre
Ethnic Code: CMT33a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Xamtanga (393,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): xan    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Orthodox
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity98.00 %(Evangelical: 1.02 %)
Ethnic Religions2.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox100.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2005-2009
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Xamtanga
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Ximre in Ethiopia

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    Ethio-Semitic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Ximre Ethiopia    
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