Benshangul, Berta in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Nao People Group are part of the Gimira cluster which includes the Dizi, the Tsara, the Benesho, the She. They and the Nao and the others in the Gimira cluster, inhabit the extreme southern and southwestern reaches of the densely forested Kaffa highlands of southwestern Ethiopia. They reside in an altitude of 1500-2500 meters which is not easily accessible. As opposed to the Dizi, the Benesho and others who are migrants to the area, the Nao together with the Tsara were the indigenous inhabitants of the land. They speak Nayi language, an Omotic language which has 58% lexical similarity with Diizin. The Nao subsist by farming. They supplement their diet through fishing and also gathering fruits and vegetables. The Nao were strong and numerous people and had their own kingdom before their active colonization by the Kaffa Kingdom in the mid 19th century. They are now reduced to a fewer number through the war and slavery the they were subjected to. The active "Kaffanization" of their culture and language has played a role in their near extinction as a people group. They are followers of ethnic religion.

Prayer Points

* Ask the Lord to reach these marginalized and geographically inaccessible people for His glory.
* Pray to the Lord to send laborers to the field. Pray to the Lord to provide evangelistic resources in their language.

Profile Source:   MANI 

People Name General Benshangul, Berta
People Name in Country Benshangul, Berta
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, Berta, Tornasi, Wetawit
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Nilotic
People Name General Benshangul, Berta
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: MANI 
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