Samo, Kalemse, Samoma in Burkina Faso





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kalemse, also known as the Samoya, are a small group of approximately 22,000 speakers. They are principally found in Burkina Faso's northwest region, though there are some Kalemse villages in Mali. The region they live in is one of the country's driest, with less than 700 mm or 28 inches of rainfall per year. This amount is barely adequate for raising the group's staple crop, millet. To make matters worse, rainy seasons since the 1970s have been less and less reliable, resulting in very poor harvests in certain years.

As much as their means allow, the Kalemse raise livestock to help meet their needs. In other respects as well, life is difficult for the Kalemse. In the area of health care, they face many challenges - the lack of clinics in the region, malnutrition, impure water, and tropical diseases. In education, too, work is still to be done. There are only three primary schools serving the area, all having started in 1983. Very few Kalemse are able to attend junior school and high school.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Samo, Kalemse, Samoma
People Name in Country Samo, Kalemse, Samoma
Population in Burkina Faso 22,000
World Population 25,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kalamse, Kalems, Samo, Samoa, Samoya, Supai
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Samo, Kalemse, Samoma
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 14674
Country Burkina Faso
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sourou Province, Tougan Subdistrict, 540 square km bordering Mali.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kalamse (22,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kalamse 22,000
For Primary Language: Kalamse

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1978)
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 1.40 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
60.00 %
0.00 %
30.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
1.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
84.0 %
Map Source: Burkina Faso Government  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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