Hina in Cameroon

The Hina have only been reported in Cameroon
Population
17,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Sandwiched between Nigeria and Chad in a region that Cameroonians call the "Far North," settlements of Mina clan groups dot the countryside. They spend most of their time outside in this dusty sub-Saharan Sahel, storing their limited material goods and sleeping in family huts. Isolated from reliable government services, children usually help in the fields or tend younger siblings rather than attend school. Life revolves around ritual, but few comprehend the beliefs of Islam, relying instead on traditional practices for which they use their own language.

When the short rainy season comes, Mina farmers work hard with hand tools and plows to plant and harvest what their families will eat for the rest of the year. In addition to needed vegetables and staples, some grow cotton as a cash crop. After the rains end, withering heat will scorch whatever is left in the fields.

Over several centuries, the Mina people have gradually conceded to waves of invasion pressing them to accept another world religion. Today, that faith claims a solid majority of devotees among the Mina.

Administrators are working with a local language committee that has been authorized by the government among the Mina to develop their language. The project will produce mother tongue materials, making portions of the Old Testament — also accepted by Muslims — available to Mina speakers


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Hina
People Name in Country Hina
Population in Cameroon 17,000
World Population 17,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 2
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Mina
People ID 12105
ROP3 Code 103787
Country Cameroon
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Far North region: Mayo-Tsanaga division, Hina subdivision, south of Mokolo. 20 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Cameroon
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Far North region: Mayo-Tsanaga division, Hina subdivision, south of Mokolo. 20 villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Mina (17,000 speakers)
Language Code hna   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Hina
Dialect Code 2902   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Mina
Primary Language Mina (17,000 speakers)
Language Code hna   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Hina
Dialect Code 2902   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Mina

Primary Language:  Mina

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
15.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
75.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
1.0 %
Protestant
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
59.0 %
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