Country: South Sudan

Number of People Groups

78

People Groups Unreached

7 (9.0%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

11,153,000

Population in Unreached

506,000 (4.5%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

58.3%

% Evangelical

11.27%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

0.0%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
 Acholi, Shuli 55,000 1,967,000 Acholi Christianity 89.00 % 15.00 % -
 Ageer 25,000 25,000 Dinka, Northeastern Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 1.50 % -
Aja, Ajagbe 300 300 Gbaya Islam 6.00 % 2.00 % -
 Anuak 82,000 241,000 Anuak Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 8.00 % -
Arab, Mongallese 71,000 71,000 Arabic, Sudanese Creole Islam 2.00 % 0.20 % 1
 Arab, Sudanese 383,000 20,106,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 2.00 % 0.40 % 8
Avukaya 47,000 109,000 Avokaya Christianity 65.00 % 8.00 % -
 Azande 676,000 2,773,000 Zande Christianity 85.00 % 25.00 % -
Bai, Bari 7,200 7,200 Bai Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 3.00 % -
Banda, Mid-Southern 2,900 137,000 Banda, Mid-Southern Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 5.00 % -
Banda, Togbo-Vara 2,300 53,000 Banda, Togbo-Vara Islam 10.00 % 1.50 % -
Banda, West Central 6,300 13,000 Banda, West Central Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 3.00 % -
Banda-Banda 4,100 140,000 Banda-Banda Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 4.00 % -
Banda-Mbres 8,200 67,000 Banda-Mbres Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 6.00 % -
 Banda-Ndele 1,900 51,000 Banda-Ndele Christianity 60.00 % 11.00 % -
 Bari 481,000 634,000 Bari Christianity 95.00 % 7.00 % -
 Belanda Bor 16,000 16,000 Belanda Bor Ethnic Religions 16.00 % 5.00 % -
Beli, Jur Beli 62,000 62,000 Beli Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 8.00 % -
 Biykol 600 600 Komo Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 6.00 % -
 Bongo 13,000 13,000 Bongo Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.00 % -
Bug, Mangayat 700 700 Gbaya Islam 20.00 % 5.00 % -
 Buldit 5,100 5,100 T'apo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 8.00 % -
 Chinese, general 1,700 15,716,000 Chinese, Mandarin Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 12.00 % -
 Daasanach 4,700 99,000 Daasanach Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Deaf 108,000 47,601,000 Language unknown Christianity 60.50 % -
 Dhr Thuri, Wada 7,500 7,500 Thuri Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 4.00 % -
 Di'dinga, Xaroxa 63,000 63,000 Didinga Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 12.00 % -
 Dinka, Central 56,000 56,000 Dinka, South Central Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 9.00 % -
 Dinka, Northeastern 757,000 757,000 Dinka, Northeastern Christianity 80.00 % 17.00 % -
 Dinka, Northwestern 79,000 79,000 Dinka, Northwestern Christianity 65.00 % 12.00 % -
 Dinka, South Central 666,000 666,000 Dinka, South Central Christianity 80.00 % 8.00 % -
 Dinka, Southeastern 239,000 241,000 Dinka, Southeastern Christianity 75.00 % 18.00 % -
 Dinka, Southwestern 2,973,000 2,973,000 Dinka, Southwestern Christianity 79.00 % 16.00 % -
Dongotono 4,800 4,800 Dongotono Christianity 95.00 % 2.00 % -
Gweri, Mo'da 1,400 1,400 Mo'da Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 5.00 % -
Homa 4,600 4,600 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 4.00 % -
Indri, Yanderika 1,300 1,300 Indri Islam 25.00 % 5.00 % -
 Ingessana, Gaam 28,000 141,000 Gaam Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 % 1
 Jumjum 6,700 92,000 Jumjum Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 2.50 % -
 Jur Modo 113,000 115,000 Jur Modo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 6.00 % -
 Kakwa, Bari Kakwa 93,000 362,000 Kakwa Christianity 65.00 % 7.00 % -
Kaligi, Feroge 17,000 17,000 Feroge Islam 20.00 % 4.00 % -
Kaliko 25,000 57,000 Keliko Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 5.00 % -
 Koguru 500 2,600 Zande Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 5.00 % -
Komo 3,800 27,000 Komo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 3.00 % -
Kresh, Kparla 15,000 17,000 Gbaya Islam 17.00 % 4.00 % -
Kuku 198,000 246,000 Kuku Christianity 75.00 % 5.00 % -
 Kuku, Bari 32,000 32,000 Bari Christianity 70.00 % 6.00 % -
 Lafon, Pari 50,000 50,000 Pari Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 4.00 % -
Langgo 40,000 40,000 Lango Christianity 55.00 % 11.00 % -
Lokoya, Owoi 53,000 53,000 Lokoya Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 7.00 % -
 Lopid, Lafit 73,000 73,000 Lopit Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 6.00 % -
 Lotuho, Latuka 196,000 196,000 Otuho Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.50 % -
 Luwo 162,000 162,000 Luwo Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 10.00 % -
Ma'adi 21,000 478,000 Ma'di Christianity 86.00 % 12.00 % -
 Maaban 73,000 73,000 Mabaan Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 5.00 % -
Mondari, Chir 67,000 67,000 Mandari Christianity 75.00 % 9.00 % -
Morokodo, Ma'di 48,000 48,000 Morokodo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 3.00 % -
 Moru, Kala Moru 144,000 147,000 Moru Christianity 70.00 % 8.00 % -
Mundu 47,000 54,000 Mundu Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 5.00 % -
 Murle 123,000 125,000 Murle Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.50 % -
Narim, Lariminit 7,300 7,300 Narim Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 2.20 % -
Ndogo 19,000 26,000 Ndogo Christianity 55.00 % 7.00 % -
Njalgulgule 2,200 2,200 Njalgulgule Islam 4.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Nuer 1,802,000 2,076,000 Nuer Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 8.00 % -
Nyamusa-Molo 1,600 1,600 Nyamusa-Molo Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 6.00 % -
 Nyangatom 12,000 53,000 Nyangatom Ethnic Religions 3.50 % 2.00 % 1
Olubogo, Ondoe Luloba 21,000 24,000 Olu'bo Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 2.50 % -
 Opo 3,300 6,200 T'apo Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 2.00 % -
 Reel, Atwot 73,000 73,000 Reel Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 8.00 % -
 Shilluk, Dhocolo 361,000 367,000 Shilluk Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 11.00 % -
 Suri, Kacipo-Balesi 4,800 8,200 Kacipo-Balesi Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 % 1
Tara Baaka, Mbaka 39,000 42,000 Baka Christianity 65.00 % 6.00 % -
 Tennet 9,600 9,600 Tennet Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 2.00 % -
 Toposa 196,000 274,000 Toposa Christianity 90.00 % 0.30 % -
 Uduk 4,500 28,000 Uduk Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 3.00 % -
 Viri, Belanda Viri 46,000 46,000 Belanda Viri Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 5.00 % -
Yulu 2,900 20,000 Yulu Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 4.00 % -
  Totals:  78 11,153,000         7 58.29 % 11.27 % 14 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 41,000                
  UN Country Population (2020) 11,194,000                
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States Estimated
Population
Central Equatoria 1,466,000
Eastern Equatoria 1,184,000
Jungoli 1,775,000
Lakes 962,000
North Bahr-al-Ghazal 1,009,000
Unity 793,000
Upper Nile 1,246,000
Warap 1,283,000
West Bahr-al-Ghazal 441,000
West Equatoria 810,000
States:  10 10,969,000
UN Country Population 11,194,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 287,022,000 2,573.5 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.4 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 765,853,000 6,866.8 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 206,239,000 1,849.2 % 93.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 114,756,000 1,028.9 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.7 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
11,153,000



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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Acholi ach 1 0 Complete Bible
Anuak anu 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, Sudanese Creole pga 1 1 Bible Portions
Arabic, Sudanese Spoken apd 2 1 New Testament
Avokaya avu 1 0 New Testament
Bai bdj 1 0 Unspecified
Baka bdh 1 0 New Testament
Banda, Mid-Southern bjo 1 0 Translation Started
Banda, Togbo-Vara tor 1 0 Translation Started
Banda, West Central bbp 1 0 Translation Needed
Banda-Banda bpd 1 0 Translation Needed
Banda-Mbres bqk 1 0 Translation Needed
Banda-Ndele bfl 1 0 Translation Needed
Bari bfa 2 0 Complete Bible
Belanda Bor bxb 1 0 Translation Needed
Belanda Viri bvi 1 0 Translation Needed
Beli blm 1 0 Bible Portions
Bongo bot 1 0 Bible Portions
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Daasanach dsh 1 1 New Testament
Didinga did 1 0 New Testament
Dinka, Northeastern dip 2 0 Complete Bible
Dinka, Northwestern diw 1 0 Unspecified
Dinka, South Central dib 2 0 Bible Portions
Dinka, Southeastern dks 1 0 New Testament
Dinka, Southwestern dik 1 0 New Testament
Dongotono ddd 1 0 Translation Needed
Feroge fer 1 0 Unspecified
Gaam tbi 1 1 Unspecified
Gbaya krs 3 0 New Testament
Indri idr 1 0 Unspecified
Jumjum jum 1 0 Unspecified
Jur Modo bex 1 0 New Testament
Kacipo-Balesi koe 1 1 Translation Started
Kakwa keo 1 0 Complete Bible
Keliko kbo 1 0 New Testament
Komo xom 2 0 Bible Portions
Kuku ukv 1 0 Translation Needed
Lango lno 1 0 Translation Started
Lokoya lky 1 0 Translation Needed
Lopit lpx 1 0 Translation Started
Luwo lwo 1 0 New Testament
Ma'di mhi 1 0 New Testament
Mabaan mfz 1 0 Complete Bible
Mandari mqu 1 0 Bible Portions
Mo'da gbn 1 0 Unspecified
Morokodo mgc 1 0 Bible Portions
Moru mgd 1 0 Complete Bible
Mundu muh 1 0 New Testament
Murle mur 1 0 New Testament
Narim loh 1 0 Translation Started
Ndogo ndz 1 0 New Testament
Njalgulgule njl 1 1 Unspecified
Nuer nus 1 0 Complete Bible
Nyamusa-Molo nwm 1 0 Translation Needed
Nyangatom nnj 1 1 Bible Portions
Olu'bo lul 1 0 Translation Needed
Otuho lot 1 0 New Testament
Pari lkr 1 0 New Testament
Reel atu 1 0 Translation Started
Shilluk shk 1 0 Complete Bible
T'apo lgn 2 0 Translation Started
Tennet tex 1 0 New Testament
Thuri thu 1 0 Unspecified
Toposa toq 1 0 Bible Portions
Uduk udu 1 0 New Testament
Unknown xxx 1 0 Unspecified
Yulu yul 1 0 Translation Needed
Zande zne 2 0 Complete Bible
Totals: 69 78 7   13 26 34 53 6

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 11.3 %)
58.3 %
Ethnic Religions
34.6 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
6.9 %
Non-Religious
0.3 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
13.9 %
Independent
4.2 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
22.7 %
Roman Catholic
56.1 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

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  • Church planting agencies in South Sudan
  • Christian ministry in South Sudan
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
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  • Christian discipleship
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  • Urban ministries
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  • Relief and development agencies
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  • Christian medical outreaches

South Sudan Statistics
People Groups 78
Unreached People Groups 7  (9.0%)
Population 11,153,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.9%
Population in Unreached 506,000  (4.5%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 58.3%
Percent Evangelical 11.3%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 0.0%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 14
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 20%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window No
Country Code OD
Official Language(s) EnglishArabic, Sudanese Spoken
Literacy Rate 27%
Estimated Illiterate Population 8,142,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked