Oromo, Hararghe in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Oromo, Hararghe only in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Harerge Oromo are the descendants of the Barentu confederacy that moved toward the east of the Ganale River during the Oromo migration of the 16th century. They consist of the Ittu, Ania, Ala, Nole, Jarso and Babile tribes. They were able to occupy the land of the Harar uplands where they came in contact with the Somali and the Harar city-state. They became sedentary agriculturalists. Some of their tribes like the Nole and the Babile live mixed together with the Somali.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Harerge Oromo are friendly and hospitable people. They are farmers and they also have livestock. Not much has been done to evangelize the Harerge Oromo.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Harerge Oromo, although not all, became converted to Islam through the influence of the Harar city-state which also became instrumental in spreading Islam to all other southern parts of Ethiopia. The Ittu have remained largely followers of ethnic religion.

The few believers that are from among the people have left their community to join the Christian communities from other people groups.

Prayer Points

* Ask the Lord to send laborers who have the burden for the Harerge Oromo.
* Pray that the Lord raise a Harerge Oromo church.
* Pray that the Lord would open the hearts of the Harerge Oromo.

Profile Source:   MANI 

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-01-24
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-01-17
People Name General Oromo, Hararghe
People Name in Country Oromo, Hararghe
Population in Ethiopia 5,614,000
World Population 5,614,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ittu, Qotu
Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Oromo
People Name General Oromo, Hararghe
Ethnic Code CMT33b
People ID 12286
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 North Bale zone, east and west Hararghe zone.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Oromo, Eastern (5,614,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oromo, Eastern 5,614,000
For Primary Language: Oromo, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1870-1966)
New Testament Yes   (1875-1979)
Complete Bible Yes   (1987)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.01 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
0.00 %
97.50 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
35.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Link Up Africa  
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source: MANI 
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