Argobba in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Argobba only in Ethiopia





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Main Language


Introduction / History

The Argobba are a Muslim people group that is spread out through isolated village networks and towns in the northeast and east of Ethiopia. Historically, they have been an oppressed people group, suffering from land incursions and economic pressures from neighboring people groups on one hand, and natural famine pressures on the other. The Argobba have typically been astute traders and merchants, and have adjusted to the economic trends in their area. These factors have led to the overall suppression of the Argobba language. In some places it has homogenized with Amharic. In other places the people have shifted to neighboring languages for economic reasons. At this time there are only a few areas left where the Argobba are not at least bilingual in Amharic, Oromo or Afar. All of these languages have literature that can be used to serve the Argobba, even though the current literacy rate in any language is low for the Argobba. The number of Argobba that cannot be served by another language is uncertain.

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People Name General Argobba
People Name in Country Argobba
Population in Ethiopia 194,000
World Population 194,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ankober
Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Ethio-Semitic
People Name General Argobba
Ethnic Code CMT34a
People ID 10422
Country Ethiopia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Northeast, Amhara, Oromiya and Afar regions; Rift Valley in Yimlawo, Gusa, Shonke, Berehet, Khayr Amba, Melkajillo, Metehara, Shewa Robit, villages area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Argobba: Shonke-T’allaha Amharic
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Argobba: Shonke-T’allaha Amharic
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Format Resource
None reported  

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
4.60 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
95.40 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
15.0 %
65.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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