Apakabeti, Apagibete in Congo, Democratic Republic of

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Introduction / History

The Pagibete live in the rainforest, isolated from others by the Dua River. The people rely on subsistence farming, hunting and fishing to support themselves. The men leave their villages periodically to hunt in the forest. Their diet includes cassava, plantains, rice and maize. They also raise sheep, chickens, ducks and goats for food and income, as forest hunting is becoming less productive. They are self-sufficient, but their isolation restricts trade and communication.

The Pagibete people are among more than 50 million Congolese people who have been affected by civil war that has claimed an estimated 3 to 5 million lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Some Pagibete villages have been damaged or even destroyed during the nation's civil war. About 75 percent of the Pagibete people claim to be Christians. The rest practice animism or adhere to cult-like groups. The Pagibete people show a hunger to own Bibles, and during church services, there are frequent explanations of the Scriptures in the Pagibete language. Amid devastation from war, the Pagibete people have responded enthusiastically to Bible translation efforts. The political and economic situation has made it difficult for outsiders to enter the country, but church leaders have released educated people from their congregations to help translate the Scriptures.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Apakabeti
People Name in Country Apakabeti, Apagibete
Population in Congo, Democratic Republic of 41,000
World Population 41,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Apagibete
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Congo
People Name General Apakabeti
Ethnic Code NAB57c
People ID 10366
Country Congo, Democratic Republic of
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Equateur Province, Businga, Yakoma, and Bumba territories; Mongbapele along road south of Businga; Momveda around Ngakpo on Dua River north side, across from Gumba; Yakoma Territory, Butu. Ndundusana in north Bumba Territory, south of Butu and at Ndundu-S.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Pagibete (41,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Pagibete 41,000
For Primary Language: Pagibete

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1996)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
The Seed Company Translation Project Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 16.00 %)
82.00 %
Ethnic Religions
18.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
12.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
26.0 %
23.0 %
Roman Catholic
39.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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