Shabo in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Shabo only in Ethiopia






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The language of the Shabo is Nilo-Saharan, probably close to Koman, and Shabo young boy has 30% lexical similarity with the Majang and 12% with West Cushitic languages.

They do not like the name "Mekeyer" which outsiders use to address or call them. They live as scattered families and have no villages. They are hunters and gatherers, beekeepers. Islam is their primary religion. They are categorized as unengaged. There are no statistical figures of Christian adherents or Protestants in the CSA. From the evangelicals that participated in the current study, not one is working among the Shabo people.

Profile Source:   Dr. Samuel Kebreab  

People Name General Shabo
People Name in Country Shabo
Population in Ethiopia 800
World Population 800
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chabo, Mekeyer, Mikair, Mikeyir, Shako
Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Omotic
People Name General Shabo
Ethnic Code CMT33d
People ID 14883
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 Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region, Sheka zone; Gambella region, Majangir zone between Godere and Mashi, among Majang [mpe] and Shekkacho [moy].   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Shekkacho Majang Shabo
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Shekkacho Majang
For Primary Language: Shabo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
98.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
70.0 %
Other Christian
5.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Dr. Samuel Kebreab  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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