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Turkana in Kenya


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,291,000 Turkana Ethnic Religions 48.00 % 22.16 %   

Turkana in Kenya

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Introduction / History
The Turkana people are the second largest of the pastoral people of Kenya. They occupy the far northwest corner of the nation, an area of about 67,000 square kilometers.

Around 1700, the Turkana emigrated from the Uganda area over a period of years. They took over the area which is the Turkana district today by simply displacing the existing people of the area. Turkana warriors today still take pride in their reputation as the most fearless fighters in East Africa.

The biggest events for life of Turkana are marriage and child birth. Other cultural rituals such as circumcision are completed with little ceremony. The marriage however, may be in process for as long as three years. Subsequent to the payment of bride price, the wife to be is brought into the home of her husband. The wedding ceremony is not performed until after at least one healthy child is weaned.

Adherence to the traditional religion is weak and seems almost nonchalant among the Turkana. Therefore, if the message of Christ's deliverance is introduced to these people, they would accept it wholeheartedly.

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Country: Kenya
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:44 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Samburu and Turkana counties: west and south of Lake Turkana.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Turkana
People Name General: Turkana
ROP3 Code: 110303
Joshua Project People ID: 15653
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,291,000
Population all Countries: 1,344,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Nilotic
People Name General: Turkana
Ethnic Code: NAB62r
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Turkana (1,291,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tuv    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity48.00 %(Evangelical: 22.16 %)
Ethnic Religions52.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent70.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
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: 1972-1994
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2001
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Turkana
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Turkana in Kenya

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People Cluster
    Nilotic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Turkana Kenya    
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            Turkana in Kenya          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Turkana  
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