Berta, Benishangul in Sudan





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Bertha (or Berta) people live along the border of Sudan and Ethiopia. In the 16th or 17th century, they migrated from eastern Sudan and settled in an area known as Benishangul, a fertile region in northwest Ethiopia.

Where Are they Located?

When they first settled in Ethiopia, they established their villages on hills and mountains for protection, but have more recently migrated to the valleys.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Bertha are an agricultural people, their staple food being sorghum, a type of grass that is often raised for grain. The Bertha also make porridge and beer from sorghum.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Over the centuries, the Bertha have intermarried with Arab traders but have maintained many of their traditional customs. Today, they are mainly Muslim, and most speak fluent Arabic in addition to their own language. In addition to Islam, the Bertha still practice extra-Islamic traditions, including rain-making rituals and consult ritual healers and shamans.

Prayer Points

* Pray that workers will be thrust out among the Bertha to share the Good News with them.
* Pray for more information to be learned about the Bertha people so that the worldwide Church can pray and send more effectively.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Berta, Benishangul
People Name in Country Berta, Benishangul
Population in Sudan 74,000
World Population 370,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
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 Sudan
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Blue Nile Province, on Ethiopia border.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Berta (74,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Berta 74,000
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: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.00 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
60.00 %
0.00 %
20.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

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

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