Tembo-Equateur in Congo, Democratic Republic of

Joshua Project has identified the Tembo-Equateur only in Congo, Democratic Republic of





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Tembo people live in the hills west of Lake Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The main town is Bunyakiri, on the Luhoho River. There is one mostly paved road through the Tembo area, running from Bukavu through Bunyakiri toward Walikale, in the river valley. Apart from this road and a track running northeast from Bunyakiri to Tshihombehombe, access to Tembo villages is by footpath. Bicycles are also used by those who can afford them.

The Tembo sell palm oil, peanuts, potatoes and maize for cash. Lumber and gold are other local sources of income. About half of the Tembo are literate in Swahili. The Roman Catholic church runs a literacy program in the area, using the Freire method to teach young adults and teens who have not had schooling. Traditional leaders and may locla people see literacy as a way to economic advancement. Some outside political leaders, however, are cautious of vernacular literacy programs, which they consider divisive. The Tembo are cautious about accepting change and value social cohesion. Life in the Tembo area has been disrupted by war, militia activities, and ethnic clashes since the mid-1990s.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Tembo-Equateur
People Name in Country Tembo-Equateur
Population in Congo, Democratic Republic of 11,000
World Population 11,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Country Congo, Democratic Republic of
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Equateur Province, Sud Ubangi, Equateur, Budjala and Bomongo districts, Libanza, Bokele, and Bosanga villages on Banga-Melo River; 1 or 2 villages on Mongala River southwest of Akula; Sumba Island.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tembo (11,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tembo 11,000
For Primary Language: Tembo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 6.00 %)
97.00 %
Ethnic Religions
3.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
5.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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