Hya in Cameroon





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kamsa live in the village of Amsa in Cameroon, near the border with Nigeria. They farm the land at the foot of the mountain, Amsa. The area is very poor. They call their language Margi, while linguists refer to it as Hya. It is related to the Psikye (also called Kapsiki).

The people are mostly Catholics. They use the Psikye Bible in church for all aspects of the church service. Few of the older generation speak French, they say that only the younger people are able. The adults are very happy for the youth to speak French since they live in a francophone country, and they need French to communicate with outsiders. The mother tongue has not been written, but the people say that they favor literacy. Hya and the neighboring language of Psikye top the list of languages that they would like to learn to read.

The area in which the village is located is difficult to access. During the dry season a four wheel drive vehicle is needed to reach them. During the rainy season the roads are considered impassable, and they are cut off from most other villages.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Hya
People Name in Country Hya
Population in Cameroon 1,500
World Population 4,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Chadic
People Name General Hya
Ethnic Code NAB60b
People ID 12164
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, Amsa.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hya (1,500)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hya 1,500
For Primary Language: Hya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
50.00 %
0.00 %
30.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
2.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
88.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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