Ma'adi in Uganda


Population
344,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Ma'di people live along both sides of the White Nile from Rhino Camp in Northern Uganda northward across the Sudan border to a point about half way to Juba. The great majority live in Uganda, many came from Sudan originally. They are now only a part of what used to be a large group stretching westward some distance across 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 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 in Uganda 344,000
World Population 447,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bori, Burulo, Lokai, Madi, Maditi, Moli, Moyo, Olubo, Oyuwi, Pandikeri, South Madi, West Madi
People ID 13196
ROP3 Code 105990
Country Uganda
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Adjumani, Moyo, and Yumbe districts; some in Amuru district; west and east Nile regions, near Nimule, north Sudan border.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Uganda
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Adjumani, Moyo, and Yumbe districts; some in Amuru district; west and east Nile regions, near Nimule, north Sudan border..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Ma'di (344,000 speakers)
Language Code mhi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Ma'di
Primary Language Ma'di (344,000 speakers)
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
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Ma'di
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 21.00 %)
92.00 %
Ethnic Religions
4.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
2.00 %
Non-Religious
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
35.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
50.0 %
Map Source Anonymous  
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