Mbedam in Cameroon

Joshua Project has identified the Mbedam only in Cameroon





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Hundreds of years ago, Mbudum speakers and those of the other languages in this Chadic South Cluster were probably one large people group. Fleeing invasion, the four groups were divided by geography. They developed their own languages and cultures, but they still consider themselves related peoples and enjoy cordial relationships. Residents of this narrow region between Chad and Nigeria in Cameroon's arid "Far North" carefully maintain their borders against guerilla chaos that sometimes creeps across the borders.

Mbudum speakers spend most sunlight hours outside. During the cooler rainy season, they harvest vegetables and staples that will feed their families throughout the rest of the year. Hand tools, domesticated plow animals and hard labor force the desert to yield the crops they need. Some families plant cotton to help supplement cash flow. When the rains end, withering heat will shrivel whatever vegetation is left in this sub-Saharan Sahel region.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Over several centuries, the Mbudum people have continually resisted waves of invasion pressing them to convert to another major faith. Into the backdrop of African traditional religion, Christians from other parts of Cameroon brought the Gospel to this area in the 1970s. Mbudum churches currently use the majority language, also spoken by their aggressive neighbors who don't share their beliefs.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Mbedam
People Name in Country Mbedam
Population in Cameroon 9,600
World Population 9,600
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Chadic
People Name General Mbedam
Ethnic Code NAB60b
People ID 13624
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, Northeast of Hina.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Mbudum: Mbedam (9,600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Mbudum: Mbedam 9,600
For Primary Language: Mbudum

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.80 %)
55.00 %
Ethnic Religions
25.00 %
0.00 %
20.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
20.0 %
2.0 %
Roman Catholic
78.0 %
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