Surma, Suri in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Surma, Suri only in Ethiopia

Population

34,400

Christian

0.60%

Evangelical

0.40%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Anonymous


Introduction / History

The Surma people live in the remote southwest corner of Ethiopia. The Surma have a basic subsistence and barter economy. Their wealth is based on their cattle, and the main food source is the produce from their own crops. There is very little outside trade. The Surma are a highly monolingual and homogenous society, living beyond most of the influences of the modern world and its technology. Their tenuous relationship with neighboring ethnic groups often erupts in fighting and loss of life.

The girl pictured here shows some of the typical Surma characteristics for both men and women: large earplugs, decorative body painting, the hair shaved in patterns. Women wear a leather garment fastened at one shoulder which encircles the waist like a skirt. Men and children typically wear no clothing. Surma women are noted for the large clay lip plates worn in the lower lip.

Mission work was initiated among the Surma in the early 1970's. Due to various outside pressures, however, this Christian outreach lasted only a few years before leaving. A church was not established and today, there are no known Christians. The language has no written form and there is no Gospel witness among the Surma. Christian missionaries are in the beginning stages of making contact and initiating a new outreach to the Surma people.




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Country Ethiopia
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Southwest Kafa region toward Sudan border; west of Mizan Teferi
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People Name General Surma, Suri
People Name in Country Surma, Suri
ROP3 Code 109622
Joshua Project People ID 15130
Indigenous Yes
Population in Ethiopia 34,400
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Dhuri, Kachipo, Tirma,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Suri 34,439
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Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Nilotic
People Name General Surma, Suri
Ethnic Code NAB62y
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Largest Religion Ethnic Religions
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.60%    ( Evangelical  0.40% )
Ethnic Religions
99.40%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
25.00%
Orthodox
75.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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