Nuer, Naath in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

According to the Nuer elders, Nuer orginated from a big tree in a place called Liech. As their number increased there was not enough grazing field for the large number of cattle and some of them migrated. Quarrels also cause some of them to break away.

Where Are they Located?

The Nuer are located in both Ethiopia and South Sudan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Nuer depend on their numerous cattle, which they also use for marriage and solving problems.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Nuers believe in supernatural being. They also believe in lesser gods which they called "kuuth," but they know that there is only one God (Kuoth). As most of the Nuer are now Christian they could no longer believe in "kuuth," but they believe in Kuoth which means one God. Nuer usually pray early in the morning.

What Are Their Needs?

In general, the Nuer need very much church support, as the newly formed government of South Sudan cannot fulfill all their needs. The most important need now is education which many Nuer do not have. There is great illiteracy among these people.

Prayer Points

* Pray for peace in South Sudan.
* Pray the Lord will continue to open the eyes of the Nuer community to see their opportunity to trust Christ for an abundant and eternal life.
* Pray that the Lord will raise up qualified Nuer pastors and teachers, and they will be well established in the faith.
* Pray for the Lord to raise up godly school teachers and educators.

Profile Source:   Khan John  

People Name General Nuer, Naath
People Name in Country Nuer, Naath
Population in Ethiopia 209,000
World Population 2,076,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Abrigar, Eastern Nue, Eastern Nuer, Jikany, Jikany Door, Jikany Dor, Nuer, Nuer, Eastern, Western Nuer
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Nilotic
People Name General Nuer, Naath
Ethnic Code NAB62n
People ID 13909
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 Gambela region, along Baro River.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nuer: Eastern Nuer (209,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nuer: Eastern Nuer 209,000
For Primary Language: Nuer

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1935-1968)
New Testament Yes   (1968)
Complete Bible Yes   (1999)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Nuer Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 88.00 %)
93.00 %
Ethnic Religions
7.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
75.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Judy McCallum   Creative Commons  
Profile Source: Khan John  
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