Berta, Benishangul in Sudan


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

The Bertha (or Berta) people live along the border of Sudan and Ethiopia. They live in an area known as Benishangul, a fertile region in northwest Ethiopia.
When they first settled in Ethiopia, they established their villages on hills and mountains for protection but have more recently migrated to the valleys.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Bertha are an agricultural people, their staple food being sorghum, a type of grass that is often raised for grain. The Bertha also make porridge and beer from sorghum.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Over the centuries, the Bertha have intermarried with Arab traders but have maintained many of their traditional customs. Today, they are mainly Muslim, and most speak fluent Arabic in addition to their own language. In addition to Islam, the Bertha still practice extra-Islamic traditions, including rain-making rituals and consult ritual healers and shamans.


What Are Their Needs?

The Berta people need better medical care in their area.


Prayer Points

Pray that workers will be thrust out among the Bertha to share the Good News with them.
Pray for more information to be learned about the Bertha people so that the worldwide Church can pray and send more effectively.


Scripture Prayers for the Berta, Benishangul in Sudan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Berta, Benishangul
People Name in Country Berta, Benishangul
Pronunciation
Alternate Names Barta; Beni Shangul; Bertha; Tornasi; Wetawit
Population this Country 268,000
Population all Countries 615,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 10793
ROP3 Code 101258
ROP25 Code 301099
ROP25 Name Berta
Country Sudan
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country An Nil al Azraq state: Ethiopia border area, Kurmuk and Geissan districts, south Roseires district.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Sudan
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country An Nil al Azraq state: Ethiopia border area, Kurmuk and Geissan districts, south Roseires district..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.00 %)
8.00 %
Ethnic Religions
72.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
20.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Berta (268,000 speakers)
Language Code wti   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Berta (268,000 speakers)
Language Code wti   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Berta

Primary Language:  Berta

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2006)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Photo Source Erik Laursen, New Covenant Missions 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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