Berta, Benishangul in Sudan


Population
226,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Bertha (or Berta) people live along the border of Sudan and Ethiopia. In the 16th or 17th century, they migrated from eastern Sudan and settled in an area known as Benishangul, a fertile region in northwest Ethiopia.


Where Are they Located?

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.


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.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Berta, Benishangul
People Name in Country Berta, Benishangul
Population in Sudan 226,000
World Population 527,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 4
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Barta, Beni Shangul, Bertha, Tornasi, Wetawit
People ID 10793
ROP3 Code 101258
Country Sudan
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
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 East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
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 Language: Berta (226,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: wti   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Berta (226,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: wti   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Berta

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.00 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
60.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
20.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Frontiers  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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