Omi in Congo, Democratic Republic of

Joshua Project has identified the Omi only in Congo, Democratic Republic of

Population

108,000

Christian

79.0%

Evangelical

3.0%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Anonymous


Introduction / History

The Omi people live in northeastern Congo (DRC), near the Sudan and Uganda borders. Their homeland is filled with economic potential: fertile land, timber forests, grazing, and gold. However, people from outside the region benefit from these resources most, not the Omi themselves. Most Omi make their living from subsistence farming or raising livestock. Some earn a little cash through other trades, primarily raising tobacco as a cash crop.

The Omi people do not hide their anger. This is manifested in bitter quarrels and insults; physical combat is rare. But they also know how to forgive. Sincere reconciliation takes place by sharing a common meal. There is great respect for the extended family and for traditional customs. Sickness, death and setbacks in life are attributed to wrong conduct towards parents, sisters or uncles.

The Omi are open and welcoming, and many people from neighboring groups live among them, notably Lugbara and Kakwa. They are keenly interested in modern medical care and schooling; sadly, these are lacking in the Omi area. For leisure activities, there is traditional dance, hunting, and fishing. Unfortunately, alcohol consumption is impacting the youth negatively, especially those who are uneducated or unemployed.

The Omi have been less affected economically by the recent civil war than many other peoples in eastern DRC because they live near the border with Uganda and have access to imported goods. But the fighting has created instability and a lack of security in the Omi region. As ethnic conflict continues to the south, they may be increasingly called upon to host refugees. No doubt their hopes for development have been deferred by the war's disruption. Christianity is widespread, and Catholics constitute a large majority. The Protestant church sections serving the area are based outside the Omi homeland. Bible translation in the Omi language began in 2003, with the participation of both Catholic and Protestant churches.




Profile Source: Anonymous

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Omi
People Name in Country Omi
Population in Congo, Democratic Republic of 108,000
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kaliko-Omi
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Sudanic
People Name General Omi
Ethnic Code NAB66e
Country Congo, Democratic Republic of
Continent Africa
Region West and Central Africa
10/40 Window No
Location in Country Orientale Province, Aru Territory, between Nzoro and Lowa rivers along Aru to Aba road
People Group Map Omi in Congo, Democratic Republic of PDF Version



Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Omi (108,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Omi 108,000
Category Resource
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Omi
Largest Religion Christianity
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
79%    ( Evangelical  3.0% )
Ethnic Religions
15.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
6.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
5.00%
Independent
12.00%
Protestant
5.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
20.00%
Roman Catholic
58.00%
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