Yei in Papua New Guinea

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

They live primarily by hunting, fishing, gardening (short and long-term crops) in the lowlands bordering Papua New Guinea. With their land at an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level the Yei people can best be accessed by vehicle on the road from Merauke or by boat.

There are many transmigration camps are in the area. People generally wear modern clothing. The Yei folks eat roasted sago with fish. Houses are generally made from tree trunks and leaves but some have Java style houses. There is very little infrastructure in the area: no telephones, electricity or radios. The people get their drinking water in most villages from the river, but some get water from wells or rain. Most villages have a clinic or health worker but the people still use traditional medicine. The Yei people have no gospel cassettes, films or videos in their language. There are at least 4 Catholic and 4 Protestant churches in the language area.

The Yei are sometimes known as the Yey, Jei, Je, Yei-Nan people. There are at least 2 dialects in Yei: upper and lower. At home the Yei people speak their own language but Indonesian is used for trade and wider communication and at school.

Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Yei in Papua New Guinea.

Profile Source:   GMI Papua  

People Name General Yei
People Name in Country Yei
Alternate Names Je
Population this Country 2,100
Population all Countries 5,300
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 16032
ROP3 Code 111049
ROP25 Code 309009
ROP25 Name Yei
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 24.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Yei (2,100 speakers)
Language Code jei   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Yei (2,100 speakers)
Language Code jei   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Yei

Primary Language:  Yei

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Photo Source GMI Papua 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source GMI Papua 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.

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