Baiso in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Baiso only in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

About a third of this small people group live on the western shore of Lake Abaya. The other two thirds live on the islands of Gidicho and Welege and use rafts of light wood to get to the main land. In the past they used to hunt hippos, now they fish, farm and weave. The Baiso intermarry with the Harro people.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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People Name General Baiso
People Name in Country Baiso
Population in Ethiopia 7,800
World Population 7,800
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Alkali, Bayso, Gidichi, Haruro
Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Omotic
People Name General Baiso
Ethnic Code CMT33z
People ID 10580
Country Ethiopia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 22  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Halfway between Soddo and Arba Minch, Merab Abaya area, Alge village (390); Gidicho Island, Baiso and Shigima villages (200); Welege Island on Lake Abaya (420), and west shore.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Baiso (7,800)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Baiso 7,800
For Primary Language: Baiso

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 63.00 %)
88.00 %
Ethnic Religions
12.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
80.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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