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Diodio, Lauiaula in Papua New Guinea

Diodio, Lauiaula

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,600 Goodenough, West Christianity 90.00 % 21.00 % No No   

Diodio, Lauiaula in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Molata, Giwau, and Miyalabi (the people who speak Diodio) are located in the western part of Goodenough Island in Milne Bay province. The Molata are concentrated in two districts: Awale and Diodio, making up a total of 80 sq. km in the southwest plain of the island. The Giwau and Miyalabi peoples are located in two districts: Utalo and Yauyaula, on the mountain range on the west of the island, north of the Molata area.

The inhabitants of these communities are primarily subsistence farmers, growing taro, yam, sweet potatoes, sago, and fruits such as coconuts, bananas, pineapples, and papaya. They also raise chickens and those by the coast fish. Some of the produce from their gardens is sold in the market in the village of Uwauwefo. Other produce is sold in Alotau (the provincial capital), a city that is 16 hours away by boat. They also travel to Alotau to buy products.

The majority of the Molata, Giwau and Miyalabi call themselves Christians and attend church. However, many continue practicing magic for success in their gardens and for hunting. Only the leaders and some of the educated people are able to read the Bible in English or in Dobu (the language of the church in the area).

After meeting with his whole village, one leader from the district asked the translation survey team with interest, "After all these questions, do you all believe that we will be accepted, that we will be able to have someone that could help us translate the Bible into our language?"

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Milne Bay province: Goodenough island west coast.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Diodio, Lauiaula
People Name General: Diodio
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 102623
Joshua Project People ID: 11567
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,600
Population all Countries: 3,600
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Diodio
Ethnic Code: AON09b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Goodenough, West
Language Code (ISO): ddi    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity90.00 %(Evangelical: 21.00 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant60.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic40.00 %
(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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Diodio, Lauiaula in Papua New Guinea

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People Cluster
    New Guinea     Australia and Pacific    
      Diodio Papua New Guinea    
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            Diodio, Lauiaula in Papua New Guinea          
      Religion Language  
      Christianity     Goodenough, West  
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