Gor in Chad

Joshua Project has identified the Gor only in Chad





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Gor live in the south Chad close to the CAR border, in the Department "Logone Oriental". There are about 40 big villages (with up to 5,000 inhabitants) around Bodo, their commercial and cultural centre. Gor people have migrated to bigger Chadian cities such as Doba, Moundou, Sarh and N'Djamena as well as to other countries like CAR, Cameroon, Nigeria, France and even the United States. Their neighbours are: the Kaba to the west, the Mbay to the east, and the Bejonde and the Mango to the North. They are all considered "brothers" and their languages are very similar because they belong to the Sara language cluster.

The Gor are mostly farmers who grow millet and other cereals, cotton, peanuts, beans, potatoes and other tubercules in fertile soil. They raise small animals (sheep, goats, chickens) and cattle mostly for the field work. Village associations, called "groupements", run small businesses during the weekly markets held in the area. Their district is considered the "grainary" of the area which exports goods to commercial centres in Chad, CAR, Cameroon and Nigeria.

There are two health centres in Bodo, one Catholic and one Protestant. The government health centres have not operated since the war in 1979. Access to drinking water is a problem in the area due to the deep level of the groundwater. Less than half of the villages have a proper well, the others get their water by digging holes in the traditional way.

Since 1999 Tearfund has supported a literacy project in the Gor language which has reached over 5,000 adults so far. Literacy and post-literacy materials have been printed and distributed. Most schools in the villages have some classes (in French), but the complete primary education cycle is offered only in Bodo. The first missionaries reached the Bodo district in 1923. The people were very receptive to the Gospel and today most villages have at least one church.

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Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Gor
People Name in Country Gor
Population in Chad 132,000
World Population 132,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bodo
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Sara-Bagirmi
People Name General Gor
Ethnic Code NAB66i
People ID 11926
Country Chad
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Logone Oriental region, La Pendé Department, Bodo center area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gor (132,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gor 132,000
For Primary Language: Gor

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Ta lǝ Luwǝ Kunmindɨ kɨ Sigɨ Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 10.00 %)
81.00 %
Ethnic Religions
12.00 %
0.00 %
7.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
20.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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