Chara in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Chara only in Ethiopia
Population
19,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Chara or as also known the Tsara are part of the Gimira cluster which includes the Dizi, the Nao, the Benesho, the She. The Chara, with other people groups in the Gimira cluster, inhabit the extreme southern and southwestern reaches of the densely forested Kaffa highlands of southwestern Ethiopia. They are more inaccessible compared to the Nao as they live in the most southerly extension of the Nao highlands. They together with the Nao were the indigenous inhabitants of the land. They speak Chara language, an Omotic language which has 54% lexical similarity with Wolaita. The Chara subsist by farming. They also were numerous until they were decimated through war and the frequent slave raids. They are predominantly adherents to ethnic religion. Along with their ethnic religion the Chara practice a syncretized form of the Orthodox form of Christianity.


Prayer Points

* Ask the Lord to raise up a people who pray for this unique people.
* Ask the Lord to strengthen the existing, indigenous church to reach its people.
* Pray for gospel resources to be available in their language.


Profile Source:   MANI 

People Name General Chara
People Name in Country Chara
Population in Ethiopia 19,000
World Population 19,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Fachara, Pakara, Tsara
People ID 11309
Country Ethiopia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 18  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNPR), Kafa and South Omo zones, both sides of Omo River.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Ethiopia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 18  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNPR), Kafa and South Omo zones, both sides of Omo River.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language: Chara (19,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: cra   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Chara (19,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: cra   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Chara

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 1.90 %)
1.90 %
Ethnic Religions
98.10 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
80.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Profile Source: MANI 
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