Gedeo in Ethiopia

The Gedeo have only been reported in Ethiopia
Population
1,433,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The history of Gedeo people is related with the Oromo. Tradition holds that the Gedeo had as its father Darasa who was said be the brother of Guji Oromo. The Gedeo people, like other south Ethiopia peoples, were brought under Menelik II's control but in a peaceful manner. Later the people experienced the heavy burden of northern settlers in their land and were denied of all rights. The peak of reaction to northern domination came in 1960 when Gedeo peasants rebelled against the government, killing hundreds of settlers. The revolt however was suppressed by the heavy hand of the Haile Selassie government.


Where Are they Located?

Gedeo land exists in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region (SNNPRG) in eastern escarpment of Rift Valley, east of Lake Abay. It is surrounded by Sidama in the north, Oromo in the east, south, and west.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Gedeo are leading coffee producers, but the peasants of the areas benefit little; they use what they sell in a single day or weeks. There is high population pressure; they have been marginalized from self-governance because the people are not educated. For instance, there is Dilla University in Gedeo land but there have been no Gedeo instructors since the end of 2005.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The great majority of Gedeo are Protestants as in other parts of southern Ethiopia. There are also Orthodox Christians and Muslims and the followers of other religions.


What Are Their Needs?

Gedeo need equality with other people; they need modern education, self governance, health facilities.


Prayer Points

From a Gedeo believer: "Our people have set the priority to serve the Lord God and to live in peace with other ethnic groups who came to its land to reside for good. We have educated people and lots of gospel ministers worldwide ... Our prayer point is, for the Gedeo people to see the fruit of their godly love to people with rewards like: vast nationwide /global soul winning, nation wide/global prosperity."


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Gedeo
People Name in Country Gedeo
Population in Ethiopia 1,433,000
World Population 1,433,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Gideo
People ID 11504
ROP3 Code 102452
Country Ethiopia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 22  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ and Oromia regions: central highland area, southwest of Dilla and east of Lake Abaya.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Ethiopia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 22  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ and Oromia regions: central highland area, southwest of Dilla and east of Lake Abaya..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Gedeo (1,433,000 speakers)
Language Code drs   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gedeo
Primary Language Gedeo (1,433,000 speakers)
Language Code drs   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gedeo

Primary Language:  Gedeo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1986)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gedeo
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 78.00 %)
85.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
13.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
5.0 %
Orthodox
75.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source Steve Evans  Creative Commons 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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