The Mbukushu territory straddles 3 countries, namely Angola, Namibia and Botswana. Their language is called Thimbukushu.
They do agriculture and some cattle husbandry, but their interest is more with agriculture. As many of them live along the Kavango river, they also do fishing. In Namibia, the Mbukushu territory is part of the Kavango Region. Most Mbukushu people live traditional rural African lives, in huts built from mud/dung and thatched roofs.
The population is young, with many children. They have a tribal leadership consisting of a king, chiefs and councilors.
There are many Christians, though many Mbukushu are also practicing beliefs in witchcraft. This means that bad fortune is seen as a curse exercised by an enemy, such as a jealous family member. Witchdoctors are then consulted to help. The challenge of the church is to be disciples of Jesus Christ who can help people get free and discover Christian fellowship.
Many Mbukushu are quite poor, living off the land by means of subsistence farming. Therefore the church also struggles with funds for leadership/ministerial training and putting up infrastructure.
|Profile Source: Henk Olwage|
|Region||East and Southern Africa|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Kavango East and Zambezi regions. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Mbukushu (8,400 speakers)|
|Language Code||mhw Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Mbukushu|
Primary Language: Mbukushu
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1986)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Mbukushu|
|Religion Subdivision:||Roman Catholic|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 5.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|