Aghu in Indonesia

Joshua Project has identified the Aghu only in Indonesia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Aghu primarily live by fishing, gathering sago, hunting, and logging eaglewood in the swampy lowlands of their area. With their land at an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level the Aghu people can best be accessed by boat. Most villages are located along the Digul River.

The women primarily gather food and garden some. The clothing people wear is usually modern but rarely washed. The people eat fish, sago, and vegetables. The Aghu use knives, axes, and shovels in their daily life. Houses are generally formed by wooden posts, walls are made of branch stems or boards, thatched leaves or sheets of zinc. There is not much for infrastructure in the area but there are some generators and a community satelite TV. The people get their drinking water straight from the river, wells, or rains. Malaria, cholera, and dysentery are common but there really aren't any health clinics to take care of the people. The Aghu people have no gospel cassettes or videos in their language.

The Aghu are sometimes known as the Djair or Dyair people. They prefer to be called Dyair or Awyu.

Profile Source:   GMI Papua  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Aghu
People Name in Country Aghu
Population in Indonesia 4,600
World Population 4,600
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Awyu, Djair, Dyair
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Aghu
Ethnic Code AON10a
People ID 10176
Country Indonesia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 47  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Merauke Regency, Jair subdistrict, south coast area, Digul River west of Mandobo language.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Aghu (4,600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Aghu 4,600
For Primary Language: Aghu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
70.00 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
80.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Photo Source: GMI Papua  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: GMI Papua  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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