Chara in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Chara only in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Chara or as also known the Tsara are part of the Gimira cluster which includes the Dizi, the Nao, the Benesho, the She. The Chara, with other people groups in the Gimira cluster, inhabit the extreme southern and southwestern reaches of the densely forested Kaffa highlands of southwestern Ethiopia. They are more inaccessible compared to the Nao as they live in the most southerly extension of the Nao highlands. They together with the Nao were the indigenous inhabitants of the land. They speak Chara language, an Omotic language which has 54% lexical similarity with Wolaita. The Chara subsist by farming. They also were numerous until they were decimated through war and the frequent slave raids. They are predominantly adherents to ethnic religion. Along with their ethnic religion the Chara practice a syncretized form of the Orthodox form of Christianity.

Prayer Points

* Ask the Lord to raise up a people who pray for this unique people.
* Ask the Lord to strengthen the existing, indigenous church to reach its people.
* Pray for gospel resources to be available in their language.

Profile Source:   MANI 

People Name General Chara
People Name in Country Chara
Population in Ethiopia 19,000
World Population 19,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Fachara, Pakara, Tsara
Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Omotic
People Name General Chara
Ethnic Code CMT33d
People ID 11309
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 Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNPR), Kafa and South Omo zones, both sides of Omo River.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chara (19,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chara 19,000
For Primary Language: Chara

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 1.90 %)
1.90 %
Ethnic Religions
98.10 %
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 %
Profile Source: MANI 
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