Kimre in Chad

Joshua Project has identified the Kimre only in Chad





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Gabri (Gabri-Kimre) live in the Tandjile East District in the south of Chad. Of their 17 villages the most important ones are Kimre (administrative centre), Mode, Bordo, Massa, Mare and Dele. Some people have also moved to N'Djamena (the capital) and to other towns in Chad. There is a dispensary and a small airstrip in Kimre. The schools in Kimre, Mode and Bordo offer full primary education, whereas the other 13 mostly community schools just run some classes, depending on how much time they can get from teachers or teaching-assistants.

Most Gabri are farmers, cultivating millet, peanuts, beans, cotton and in some areas, rice. They raise small animals and wealthier people have cattle mainly for working their fields. Neighbouring people groups are the Sumray, Darbe, Gulay, Ndam, Ngam and Mutu with which they nowadays have good relationships. But there is no language in the area closely related enough for them to understand each other. Many people in the language area do not speak any other language, or speak only to a level needed for marketing. In church services the Bible is usually read in Ngambay or French. Sometimes the sermons are also preached in Ngambay, and translated into Kimre, since most people do not understand Ngambay well enough. Pastors are trained in French or Ngambay.

In the 1970's Kabam Andre, pastor of local churches in the Kimre area, started a language committee, which did the first translations of hymns into Kimre. A literacy project started in 1994, after a writing system had been established. Literacy teaching has continued through the years. Bible translation began in late 1994. The first draft of the NT was completed in February 2001. There are now preliminary editions of Mark's Gospel, Ephesians, Philippians, James, Titus, 1-2 Timothy and 1-2 Peter in circulation. The translation team hopes to have the whole New Testament printed by 2008.

Profile Source:   Amos & Heather Oumounabidji  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Kimre
People Name in Country Kimre
Population in Chad 32,000
World Population 32,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Gabri-Kimre
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Chadic
People Name General Kimre
Ethnic Code NAB60b
People ID 12694
Country Chad
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Tandjilé region, Tandjile Est Department, east of Laï.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kimre (32,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kimre 32,000
For Primary Language: Kimre

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2007)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 38.00 %)
59.00 %
Ethnic Religions
40.00 %
0.00 %
1.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
20.0 %
65.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Photo Source: Nigel Coates  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Amos & Heather Oumounabidji  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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