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Gwama in Ethiopia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
11,000 Gwama Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Gwama in Ethiopia

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Introduction / History
The Kwama are a mostly rural group of people living in the highlands on both sides of the border between Sudan and Ethiopia. They are predominantly farmers. The majority are Muslim, but there are also followers of the traditional religion and these two may also be integrated in some ways. No missions, foreign or national, are working among this people group, and there is a great need for evangelism. Literacy rates are low, although many have expressed interest for learning to read in their mother tongues, as well as learning other languages for wider communication. It seems that there are two Kwama languages, both still used as first languages for all speakers in their respective groups. A need for Bible translation is likely. Many men have some proficiency in a second language, but the women are more likely not to and materials are needed and desired in their mother tongues.

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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
Location in Country:South Benishangul-Gumuz and western Oromia regions: near Sudan border, south of Asosa to Gidami; 19 villages, including one (Yabus) in Sudan.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Gwama
People Name General: Gwama
Alternate People Names:
Afan MaoAmam
KewamaKoma of Asosa
North KomaTakwama
T’wa kwama
ROP3 Code: 107406
Joshua Project People ID: 13984
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 11,000
Population all Countries: 11,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Nilotic
People Name General: Gwama
Ethnic Code: NAB62z
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Primary Language: Gwama (11,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kmq    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions30.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam70.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant25.00 %
Orthodox75.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2014
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Gwama in Ethiopia

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People Cluster
    Nilotic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Gwama Ethiopia    
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      Islam     Gwama  
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