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Kara, Regi in Tanzania

Kara, Regi

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
232,000 Kara Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 6.00 % No No   

Kara, Regi in Tanzania

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Introduction / History
The people who speak Kara as their first language comprise 115,000 people of whom 15,000 live outside the traditional homeland area in Tanzania. The number who identify as Kara ethnically may be much larger. They are located in the northwest part of Tanzania, mainly on Ukara, a small island north of Ukerewe, which is the largest island in Lake Victoria, the second largest lake in the world and the source of the fabled Nile River. The island is accessible by ferry about an hour's distance from Ukerewe, and has only eight villages.

Ukara is a somewhat rocky and very hilly island with some variation in terrain.

Most of the Kara people are fishermen or subsistence farmers, with cassava being a major crop. The 500 species of fish that used to populate the lake are mostly gone after the introduction of Nile perch that were supposed to eat the plague of water hyacinth but instead displaced the native fish. Although the Kara people do not travel much, many Kara people go over to Ukerewe frequently to buy and sell in the market there.

What are their beliefs?
The dominant religion of the Kara people is reported to be Christianity, although a few still practice Islam or traditional religions. Although the Kara would profit from scripture in their own language, they do understand scripture that is available in the neighboring Jita language quite well. Teaching in school is in Swahili so those of the younger generation also speak Swahili.

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Country: Tanzania
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Lake Victoria southeast shore, Ukara and Ukerewe islands, north of Kerewe [ked] language area. A few in Mwanza region.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kara, Regi
People Name General: Kara, Regi
ROP3 Code: 104624
Joshua Project People ID: 19160
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 232,000
Population all Countries: 232,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-Lakes
People Name General: Kara, Regi
Ethnic Code: NAB57d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kara
Language Code (ISO): reg    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Yulu (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity25.00 %(Evangelical: 6.00 %)
Ethnic Religions70.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam5.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant35.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic65.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Kara, Regi in Tanzania

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    Bantu, Central-Lakes     Africa, East and Southern    
      Kara, Regi Tanzania    
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