Mesqan of Ethiopia
People Name: Mesqan
Country: Ethiopia
Language: Mesqan
Population: 399,000
Unreached: No
People Cluster: Ethio-Semitic
Primary Religion: Islam
% Adherents: 10.00 %
% Evangelical: 4.70 %
Progress Status: 4.0
Profile provided by:

Joshua Project
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Colorado Springs, CO 80962
United States


Introduction / History
The Mesqan people live in the highlands, at the base of the mountains and in the surrounding city of Buttajira, Ethiopia. The Mesquan, who speak a language related to other Gurage languages, do not consider themselves to be Gurage. They share a border to the south with the Silt'e people, a large Muslim group.

Like most groups in the Gurage region of Ethiopia, the Mesqan are traders and the men travel a great deal. The women travel much less and have little opportunity to learn neighboring language, other than Silt'e. The Mesqan are devout Muslims and have little interest in seeing their language developed.

Mesqan of Ethiopia