Bwisi in Uganda


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Introduction / History

The Babwisi are a small people group living in Western Uganda on the slopes and plains of the Rwenzori Mountians, along the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Bundibugyo District. The Babwisi are mainly subsistence agriculturalists who raise crops such as maize, cassava, beans, sweet and Irish potatoes, soya beans, yams, groundnuts, finger millet and bananas. The majority of the Babwisi still live in rural areas in mud huts, with no electricity or running water. Malaria is the most common cause of death among the Babwisi, as are the side effects of unclean water, such as diarrhea. Access to proper health care in the Babwisi area is poor but slowly improving.

Christianity was brought to the Babwisi in the 1920s by a Mubwisi man who went to Fort Portal where he was saved and baptized. He then became an Anglican catechist and, with the help of some Batooro missionaries, returned to his home area and began to minister and evangelize among his own people. Although most Babwisi claim to be Christians, their faith is not deep and many are nominal or Christian in name only. Traditional religion is still prevalent among the Babwisi and traditional religion is often mixed with other religions, such as Christianity and Islam.

The Babwisi are in need of proper health care, literacy, Christian discipleship, training for local pastors, and inventive ways to reach the youth, who are spiritually very open. Scripture distribution is also a problem, due to poor roads and lack of transport. A Lubwisi Bible Translation is in progress. Lubwisi is the name of their language. Talinga-Bwisi is another name for the people.


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People Name General Bwisi
People Name in Country Bwisi
Alternate Names Bwissi; Katalinga; Kitalinga; Talinga
Population this Country 141,000
Population all Countries 205,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 11064
ROP3 Code 101829
ROP25 Code 301539
ROP25 Name Bwisi
Country Uganda
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Bundibugyo district: Bwamba county, southwest of Fort Portal, between Albert and Edward lakes; Democratic Republic of the Congo border.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Uganda
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Bundibugyo district: Bwamba county, southwest of Fort Portal, between Albert and Edward lakes; Democratic Republic of the Congo border..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 12.00 %)
85.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
5.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Talinga-Bwisi (141,000 speakers)
Language Code tlj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Talinga-Bwisi (141,000 speakers)
Language Code tlj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Talinga-Bwisi
Profile Source Anonymous 
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