Hamir, Xamir in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Hamir, Xamir only in Ethiopia
Population
386,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Where Are they Located?

In the mountainous highlands of northern Ethiopia lives a small group of people known as the Xamir. These people live in the North Amhara Regional State about 150 km northwest of Lake T’and, near the Simien mountains. The three main towns in that area are Sekota, Tsizika, and Dehana.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The language the Xamir people speak is called Xamtanga although their language is also known as Agawinya, Khamtanga, Simt’anga, Xamta or Xamir. Languages in the surrounding area are Amharic, Afar and Tigrigna.

Xamtanga is used in schools and is known by most of the people, although some also speak Amharic. They have a strong desire for Scripture and literature in their language. The Government is also favorable to translation of the Scriptures, since it will inspire a greater interest in reading and literacy.

The Xamir people are agriculturalists and produce primarily wheat and sorghum but poverty wracks families trying to grow what they need in the powdery, draught-ridden soil.


What Are Their Beliefs?

About 100% of the people would say they are Christians (mostly Orthodox) but extremely few are evangelical.


What Are Their Needs?

Despite their Christian heritage, the Xamir society staggers under a heavy burden of HIV/AIDS. Because they have never had access to God’s Word in their own language, Xamir family relationships hinge on unfortunate traditions, including child marriage and female circumcision.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Hamir, Xamir
People Name in Country Hamir, Xamir
Population in Ethiopia 386,000
World Population 386,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 2
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Hamta, Hamtanga, Kamir, Khamtanga, Kharmir, Xamir, Xamtanga
People ID 12050
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 Amhara Regional State: Sekota, Zikuala, and Dehana. The three main towns are Sekota, Tsizika, and Dehana.   Source: 
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 Amhara Regional State: Sekota, Zikuala, and Dehana. The three main towns are Sekota, Tsizika, and Dehana.   Source: 
Primary Language: Xamtanga (386,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: xan   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Xamtanga (386,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: xan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Xamtanga

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Xamtanga
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
98.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
80.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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