The Yukpas living along the Colombia border near Machiques. There is constant conflict between the ranchers and the Yukpas over land ownership.
Most of the villages did not have any sanitation or water and only a few had electricity. They are primarily hunter gatherers with their main income comes from coffee and corn. They live in thatch roof huts with dirt floors and sleep on grass mats or in hammocks. They cook over open fires and their main food sources are yucca and plantain. They have very few sources for protein and have a very high infant mortality rate due to lack of clean water and medical care.
Their beliefs include their tribal beliefs mixed with some contact by the Catholic organizations. Churches have been established in approximately 20 villages where water projects have been done.
Their needs are very basic, housing, food, clothing, education and health care. They have a very high rate of alcholism.
* Pray for openness and opportunities to minister among the Yukpas.
* Pray for laborers who can be involved in both evangelism and human needs projects, water systems and clinics.
|Profile Source: Bobby Gore|
|People Name General||Yukpa|
|People Name in Country||Yukpa, Northern Motilon|
|Population in Venezuela||11,000|
|Progress Scale||4 ●|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Carib Motilon, Northern Motilon|
|Region||Central and South America|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Zulia state: Cesar region, north Sierra de Perijá, on the Colombia border, between Palmar river north and Tucuco river south. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Religion Subdivision:||Roman Catholic|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 4.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|