Kewama in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Kewama only in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kwama are a mostly rural group of people living in the highlands on both sides of the border between Sudan and Ethiopia. They are predominantly farmers. The majority are Muslim, but there are also followers of the traditional religion and these two may also be integrated in some ways. No missions, foreign or national, are working among this people group, and there is a great need for evangelism. Literacy rates are low, although many have expressed interest for learning to read in their mother tongues, as well as learning other languages for wider communication. It seems that there are two Kwama languages, both still used as first languages for all speakers in their respective groups. A need for Bible translation is likely. Many men have some proficiency in a second language, but the women are more likely not to and materials are needed and desired in their mother tongues.

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People Name General Kewama
People Name in Country Kewama
Population in Ethiopia 21,000
World Population 21,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Afan Mao, Amam, Gogwama, Goma, Gwama, Koma of Asosa, Kwama, Nokanoka, North Koma, T’wa kwama, Takwama
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Nilotic
People Name General Kewama
Ethnic Code NAB62z
People ID 13984
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 South Benishangul-Gumuz region, along Sudan border, south of Asosa to Gidami; Gambela region near Bonga. 19 villages, including one (Yabus) in Sudan.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kwama (21,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kwama 21,000
For Primary Language: Kwama

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.70 %)
7.00 %
Ethnic Religions
93.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
75.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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