Country: South Sudan

Number of People Groups

78

People Groups Unreached

7 (9.0%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

12,862,000

Population in Unreached

623,000 (4.8%)

Literacy Rate

27 %

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

57.9%

% Evangelical

11.42%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
 Acholi, Shuli 68,000 1,829,000 Acholi Christianity 89.00 % 15.00 %
 Ageer 31,000 31,000 Dinka, Northeastern Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 1.50 %
Aja 400 400 Aja Islam 6.00 % 2.00 %
 Anuak, Yambo 101,000 235,000 Anuak Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 8.00 %
Arab, Mongallese 88,000 88,000 Arabic, Sudanese Creole Islam 2.00 % 0.20 %
 Arab, Sudanese 471,000 19,397,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 2.00 % 0.40 %
Avukaya 58,000 115,000 Avokaya Christianity 65.00 % 8.00 %
 Azande 831,000 2,788,000 Zande Christianity 85.00 % 25.00 %
Bai, Bari 8,900 8,900 Bai Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 3.00 %
Banda, Mid-Southern 3,500 146,000 Banda, Mid-Southern Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 5.00 %
Banda, Togbo-Vara 2,900 53,000 Banda, Togbo-Vara Islam 10.00 % 1.50 %
Banda, West Central 7,700 14,000 Banda, West Central Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 3.00 %
Banda-Banda 5,100 150,000 Banda-Banda Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 4.00 %
Banda-Mbres 10,000 73,000 Banda-Mbres Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 6.00 %
 Banda-Ndele 2,300 55,000 Banda-Ndele Christianity 60.00 % 11.00 %
 Bari 592,000 734,000 Bari Christianity 95.00 % 7.00 %
Baya, Gbaya 15,000 517,000 Gbaya, Northwest Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 8.00 %
 Belanda Bor 20,000 20,000 Belanda Bor Ethnic Religions 16.00 % 5.00 %
Beli, Jur Beli 77,000 77,000 Beli Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 8.00 %
 Biykol 700 700 Komo Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 6.00 %
 Bongo 16,000 16,000 Bongo Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.00 %
Bug, Mangayat 900 900 Mangayat Islam 20.00 % 5.00 %
 Buldit 6,200 6,200 T'apo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 8.00 %
 Chinese, general 2,100 8,903,000 Chinese, Mandarin Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 12.00 %
 Daasanach 5,700 92,000 Daasanach Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 1.00 %
 Deaf Unknown Unknown Language unknown Christianity 61.00 % 3.00 %
 Dhr Thuri, Wada 9,200 9,200 Thuri Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 4.00 %
 Di'dinga, Xaroxa 78,000 78,000 Didinga Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 12.00 %
 Dinka, Central 68,000 68,000 Dinka, South Central Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 9.00 %
 Dinka, Northeastern 932,000 932,000 Dinka, Northeastern Christianity 80.00 % 17.00 %
 Dinka, Northwestern 97,000 97,000 Dinka, Northwestern Christianity 65.00 % 12.00 %
 Dinka, South Central 820,000 820,000 Dinka, South Central Christianity 80.00 % 8.00 %
 Dinka, Southeastern 294,000 294,000 Dinka, Southeastern Christianity 75.00 % 18.00 %
 Dinka, Southwestern 3,296,000 3,296,000 Dinka, Southwestern Christianity 79.00 % 16.00 %
Dongotono 5,900 5,900 Dongotono Christianity 95.00 % 2.00 %
Gweri, Mo'da 1,800 1,800 Mo'da Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 5.00 %
Homa 5,600 5,600 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 4.00 %
Indri, Yanderika 1,600 1,600 Indri Islam 25.00 % 5.00 %
 Ingessana, Gaam 34,000 113,000 Gaam Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 %
 Jumjum 8,300 90,000 Jumjum Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 2.50 %
 Jur Modo 139,000 141,000 Jur Modo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 6.00 %
 Kacipo-Balesi 5,900 11,000 Kacipo-Balesi Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 %
 Kakwa, Bari Kakwa 115,000 363,000 Kakwa Christianity 65.00 % 7.00 %
Kaligi, Feroge 20,000 20,000 Feroge Islam 20.00 % 4.00 %
Kaliko 13,000 42,000 Keliko Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 5.00 %
Koguru 600 1,500 Zande Christianity 65.00 % 5.00 %
Koma 4,700 26,000 Komo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 3.00 %
Kresh, Kparla 4,100 6,100 Gbaya Islam 17.00 % 4.00 %
 Kuku, Bari 40,000 40,000 Bari Christianity 70.00 % 6.00 %
 Lafon, Pari 61,000 61,000 Pari Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 4.00 %
Langgo 49,000 49,000 Lango Christianity 55.00 % 11.00 %
Lokoya, Owoi 65,000 65,000 Lokoya Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 7.00 %
 Lopid, Lafit 90,000 90,000 Lopit Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 6.00 %
 Lotuho, Latuka 241,000 241,000 Otuho Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.50 %
Luwo 199,000 199,000 Luwo Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 10.00 %
Ma'adi 26,000 447,000 Ma'di Christianity 86.00 % 12.00 %
 Maaban 82,000 82,000 Mabaan Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 5.00 %
Mondari, Chir 82,000 82,000 Mandari Christianity 75.00 % 9.00 %
Morokodo, Ma'di 59,000 59,000 Morokodo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 3.00 %
 Moru, Kala Moru 178,000 181,000 Moru Christianity 70.00 % 8.00 %
Mundu 58,000 64,000 Mundu Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 5.00 %
 Murle 152,000 154,000 Murle Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.50 %
Narim, Lariminit 9,000 9,000 Narim Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 2.20 %
Ndogo 23,000 30,000 Ndogo Christianity 55.00 % 7.00 %
Njalgulgule 2,700 2,700 Njalgulgule Islam 4.00 % 1.00 %
 Nuer, Naath 2,119,000 2,353,000 Nuer Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 8.00 %
Nyamusa-Molo 1,900 1,900 Nyamusa-Molo Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 6.00 %
 Nyangatom 15,000 52,000 Nyangatom Ethnic Religions 3.50 % 2.00 %
Olubogo, Ondoe Luloba 25,000 27,000 Olu'bo Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 2.50 %
 Opuuo, Shita 4,100 6,400 T'apo Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 2.00 %
 Reel, Atwot 89,000 89,000 Reel Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 8.00 %
 Shilluk, Dhocolo 444,000 450,000 Shilluk Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 11.00 %
 Taposa 241,000 310,000 Toposa Christianity 90.00 % 0.30 %
Tara Baaka, Mbaka 47,000 50,000 Baka Christianity 65.00 % 6.00 %
 Tennet 12,000 12,000 Tennet Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 2.00 %
 Uduk 5,500 29,000 Uduk Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 3.00 %
 Viri, Belanda Viri 57,000 57,000 Belanda Viri Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 5.00 %
Yulu 3,500 20,000 Yulu Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 4.00 %
  Totals:  78 12,862,000       7   57.93 % 11.42 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 234,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 13,096,000              
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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
Aja aja 1 0
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
Baka bdh 1 0 Complete Bible
Banda, Mid-Southern bjo 1 0
Banda, Togbo-Vara tor 1 0
Banda, West Central bbp 1 0
Banda-Banda bpd 1 0
Banda-Mbres bqk 1 0
Banda-Ndele bfl 1 0
Bari bfa 2 0 Complete Bible
Belanda Bor bxb 1 0
Belanda Viri bvi 1 0
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 Bible Portions
Dinka, Northeastern dip 2 0 New Testament
Dinka, Northwestern diw 1 0
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
Feroge fer 1 0
Gaam tbi 1 1
Gbaya krs 1 0 Bible Portions
Gbaya, Northwest gya 1 0 Complete Bible
Indri idr 1 0
Jumjum jum 1 0
Jur Modo bex 1 0 New Testament
Kacipo-Balesi koe 1 1
Kakwa keo 1 0 Complete Bible
Keliko kbo 1 0 Bible Portions
Komo xom 2 0 Bible Portions
Lango lno 1 0
Lokoya lky 1 0
Lopit lpx 1 0
Luwo lwo 1 0 New Testament
Ma'di mhi 1 0 New Testament
Mabaan mfz 1 0 New Testament
Mandari mqu 1 0
Mangayat myj 1 0
Mo'da gbn 1 0
Morokodo mgc 1 0
Moru mgd 1 0 Complete Bible
Mundu muh 1 0 New Testament
Murle mur 1 0 New Testament
Narim loh 1 0
Ndogo ndz 1 0 New Testament
Njalgulgule njl 1 1
Nuer nus 1 0 Complete Bible
Nyamusa-Molo nwm 1 0
Nyangatom nnj 1 1
Olu'bo lul 1 0
Otuho lot 1 0 New Testament
Pari lkr 1 0 New Testament
Reel atu 1 0
Shilluk shk 1 0 Complete Bible
T'apo lgn 2 0
Tennet tex 1 0 Bible Portions
Thuri thu 1 0
Toposa toq 1 0 Bible Portions
Uduk udu 1 0 New Testament
Unknown xxx 1 0
Yulu yul 1 0
Zande zne 2 0 Complete Bible
Totals: 71 78 7   6 25 28 54 6

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 11.4 %)
57.9 %
Ethnic Religions
35.0 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
6.8 %
Non-Religious
0.3 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
14.4 %
Independent
4.4 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
23.8 %
Roman Catholic
57.6 %
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.

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South Sudan Statistics
People Groups 78
Unreached People Groups 7  (9.0%)
Population 12,862,000
Population in Unreached 623,000  (4.8%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 17 to 25
Urbanization 19%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Country Code OD
Official National Language English
Secondary National Language Arabic, Sudanese Spoken
Literacy Rate 27%
Estimated Illiterate Population 9,389,000
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 57.9%
Percent Evangelical 11.4%
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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