Gavar, Gouwar in Cameroon

Joshua Project has identified the Gavar only in Cameroon





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

When the sun peeks between the hills of Cameroon's "Far North," Gavar speakers leave the huts that provide shelter for sleeping and storage for their few material goods. They spend most of their day outside, and in the cooler rainy season, field work is always waiting. Using familiar hand tools, they must harvest the vegetables and staples that will feed their families throughout the rest of the year.

A field plowed early in the season behind a donkey or a cow yields a little cotton the family can market for essential cash. Soon enough, temperatures of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit will shrivel whatever vegetation is left in this sub-Saharan Sahel Desert.

Over several centuries, the Gavar people have continually resisted waves of invasion pressing them to convert to another major religion. Into the backdrop of African traditional religion, Christians from other parts of Cameroon brought the Gospel to this area in the 1970s. Concurrently, government schools and health clinics are opened. Many Gavar speakers have become Christians, but churches use the majority language, also spoken by their aggressive neighbors who don't share their religion.

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People Name General Gavar
People Name in Country Gavar, Gouwar
Population in Cameroon 11,000
World Population 11,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Gouwar, Kortchi
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Chadic
People Name General Gavar
Ethnic Code NAB60b
People ID 11831
Country Cameroon
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Far North Province, Mayo-Tsanaga Division, Mokolo Subdivision, Mogode Canton, Gawar area, south of Mokolo. One group of Gavar Hossere lives among Gavar-Fulfulde, and another isolated in mountains around Kortchi village.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gavar (11,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gavar 11,000
For Primary Language: Gavar

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 1.80 %)
8.00 %
Ethnic Religions
3.00 %
0.00 %
88.00 %
1.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
1.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
69.0 %
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