Omi in Congo, Democratic Republic of

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





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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.

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People Name General Omi
People Name in Country Omi
Population in Congo, Democratic Republic of 111,000
World Population 111,000
Countries 1
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
People ID 14155
Country Congo, Democratic Republic of
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Orientale Province, Aru Territory, between Nzoro and Lowa rivers along Aru to Aba road.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Omi (111,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Omi 111,000
For Primary Language: Omi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2006-2011)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Jesus Film: view in Omi Film / Video
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.00 %)
79.00 %
Ethnic Religions
15.00 %
0.00 %
6.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
5.0 %
12.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
20.0 %
5.0 %
Roman Catholic
58.0 %
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