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Makwe in Tanzania


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
17,000 Makwe Islam 2.00 % 0.50 % No No   

Makwe in Tanzania

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Introduction / History
They have 50% linguistic similarities with Swahili, Mwani and Yao but different enough to disserve its own translation. There is great interaction between men, especially because of trade. Swahili is understood by the majority of men, but amongst women there is little comprehension. In the Palma district all men can speak Makonde. Those who attended school can speak and read in Portuguese or Swahili.

Where are they located?
They are located in the province of Cabo Delgado in one area stretching from the Tanzanian border to the interior of the province, alongside the Rovuma River. There is a greater concentration of people in the costal area of the province going down to the districts of Quionga and Palma.

What are their lives like?
Their subsistence activities are agriculture, trading and fishing.

What are their beliefs?
They are Muslims or animists. Even those who are Muslims are highly syncretistic. Even though they have Islam as their formal religion, in their daily lives when facing problems they go to the traditional healers. There is high resistance to other religions.

What are their needs?
There is a small chance for them to know de Gospel through the Makonde or Swahili. Little willingness from the nationals to reach out the Muslim groups. Their needs are in the areas of health, education/sports and social development.

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Country: Tanzania
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Mtwara and Lindi regions.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Makwe
People Name General: Makwe
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 106102
Joshua Project People ID: 13429
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 17,000
Population all Countries: 68,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, East-Coastal
People Name General: Makwe
Ethnic Code: NAB57j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Makwe (17,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ymk    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 0.50 %)
Ethnic Religions30.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam68.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant30.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic65.00 %
(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
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Makwe in Tanzania

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    Bantu, East-Coastal     Africa, East and Southern    
      Makwe Tanzania    
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