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Karo in Papua New Guinea

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
7,800 Rawa Christianity 95.00 % 8.00 % No   

Karo in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Karo are a relatively large group (for PNG) of individuals. They live on the slopes of the Finisterre range, though some have migrated down to the coast. They are closely related to the Rawa people who migrated from the Karo over the mountains in search of better land. They mostly live on what they grow in their gardens, but also have cash crops such as coffee, coconut (copra) and cocoa, which they sell in Madang. Some from this people group are working elsewhere in PNG.

Most Karo people are educated and the literacy rate in their second language is about 50% (above average for Madang Province), though in their own language it is less than 1%. They are a Christian group and have been for a long time, and they took the Good News to the Rawa people. In 2001 they got their own New Testament, which sold out, though few people can read it. There is a need for mother-tongue literacy and Scripture use projects.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Madang province. Rai Coast district (Karo dialect), Upper Ramu district (Rawa dialect); dialects on opposite sides of Finisterre Range.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Karo
People Name General: Karo
ROP3 Code: 117306
Joshua Project People ID: 20786
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 7,800
Population all Countries: 7,800
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Karo
Ethnic Code: AON10b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Rawa (7,800 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): rwo    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Karo
Dialect Code:15946
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity95.00 %(Evangelical: 8.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1978
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Rawa
Text / Printed MatterBible: Anutlo Sumange Mande Keda
Text / Printed MatterBible: Anutro Mande Keta
Text / Printed MatterBible: Rawa New Testament
Text / Printed MatterScripture text - download
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Karo in Papua New Guinea

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    New Guinea     Australia and Pacific    
      Karo Papua New Guinea    
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      Christianity     Rawa  
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