Berta, Benishangul in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language



Benishangul is a region containing the "Rock of Shangul", a sacred stone. The Berta settled in this region in the 16th or 17th centuries, coming from eastern Sudan. After several centuries of Arab Sudanese influence, the Berta are now mostly Muslim and many speak fluent Arabic. Due to their intermarriage with Arab traders, some Berta were called Witawit, meaning mixture. Even though they are mostly Muslim, they have religious specialists that have healing and divination powers, and who know how to deal with evil spirits. The Berta are farmers, with sorghum being their staple crop.

Ministry Obstacles

No scripture is reported as available in the Berta language.

Outreach Ideas

There are many evangelical Christians in Ethiopia. Please pray for increasing numbers of missionaries to come from these believers who are committed to take the gospel to all of the unreached tribes in their own country.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are Christian believers in the Berta tribe. Please pray these Christians will become firmly established in the faith, not wavering in their commitment to know and follow Christ.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for adequate supplies of clean drinking water and rainfall for the crops and livestock of the Berta tribe. Please pray also for rising literacy rates among the youth.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Berta, Benishangul
People Name in Country Berta, Benishangul
Population in Ethiopia 296,000
World Population 370,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Barta, Beni Shangul, Bertha, Tornasi, Wetawit
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Nilotic
People Name General Berta, Benishangul
Ethnic Code NAB62z
People ID 10793
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 Beni Shangul region, corner formed by Blue Nile River and Sudan border north of Asosa; Dalati, Sirba Abay area east of Dabus River.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Berta: Undu (296,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Berta: Undu 296,000
For Primary Language: Berta

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
0.00 %
78.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
70.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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