Ma'adi in South Sudan

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Introduction / History

The Ma'di people live along both sides of the White Nile from Rhino Camp in Northern Uganda northward across the South Sudan border to a point about half way to Juba. The great majority live in Uganda, many came from South Sudan originally. They are now only a part of what used to be a large group stretching westward some distance across the Democratic Republic of Congo and northward on a parallel with Juba and Maridi. Several of the related groups, such as Kaliko and Lugbara, still recognize themselves as Ma'di and call their languages "Ma'di Ti", although they are now separated and their languages are no longer the same.

The Ma'do are primarily farmers and fishermen. They used to do more hunting and trapping, but there is very little game left in their area. They are industrious and even when the Ugandan Ma'di have been refugees in what was then Sudan (during the 80s) or the Sudanese have been refugees in Uganda (during the 90s), they have done well in raising enough food. However, they have lacked many other things. Many Ma'di have sought education and they are eager to progress. However, their remoteness and the displacements of wars have meant that they have had little opportunity for advancement, except leaving their communities. Some are found in Kampala, Nairobi, Juba and even Khartoum. Their language has been written 70 years, and the New Testament published in 1977; however, it is unreadable, except for those who already know what it says. The reason is that the language is so tonal that words can have as many as five different meanings, depending upon the tones; but tone, and other vowel qualities have been ignored in the orthography. A language committee has now decided to adopt tone marks into the orthography, and work on the new orthography is underway.

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People Name General Ma'adi
People Name in Country Ma'adi
Population this Country 30,000
Population all Countries 417,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Bori; Burulo; Lokai; Madi; Maditi; Moli; Moyo; Olubo; Oyuwi; Pandikeri; South Madi; West Madi
People ID 13196
ROP3 Code 105990
Country South Sudan
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Central Equatoria State, Juba county; Eastern Equatorial State, Naguri county.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country South Sudan
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Central Equatoria State, Juba county; Eastern Equatorial State, Naguri county..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Ma'di
Language Code mhi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Ma'di
Language Code mhi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Ma'di

Primary Language:  Ma'di

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1935-1938)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1977)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Ma'di
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 12.00 %)
86.00 %
Ethnic Religions
14.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
20.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
50.0 %
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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