Deaf in Colombia

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Deaf people in Colombia are a linguistic group, not an ethnic, racial, or tribal group. Ethnically they reflect a similar mixture to the general population: perhaps about 5% black, 20% white, and 70% mixed, and possibly 5% indigenous. There may be around 100,000 Deaf people in the country (about 0.2% of the general population, roughly 3 times the percentage for the developed world) but no one knows for sure, because no government agency counts the deaf.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are found mostly in the lower socio-economic strata of society. Due to very inadequate education, many deaf are unemployed or under-employed and poor. Social pathologies of all kinds are more common among the deaf than among the general population: illiteracy, sexual abuse, divorce, teen-age pregnancy, prostitution, and homosexuality.
Very few deaf have meaningful relationships with their families, since few family members learn sign language. Especially in rural areas, many deaf are effectively household servants in their family homes.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Few deaf have any active spiritual life. Churches with interpretation for the deaf are few, and deaf -led churches using sign language are even fewer. The deaf are low-hanging fruit for marginal groups. There are more deaf Jehovah's Witnesses than deaf Evangelicals.

What Are Their Needs?

Due to very low reading levels, most deaf have no access to a written Bible they can understand in Spanish, their second language. Video translation into sign language has been done for some portions, but distribution and use have proven very difficult.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Deaf in Colombia.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population this Country 254,000
Population all Countries 47,588,000
Total Countries 216
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names
People ID 19007
ROP3 Code 114916
Country Colombia
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Colombia
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Language:  Colombian Sign Language

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2006)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Colombian Sign Language
Text / Printed Matter Door International
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
94.42 %
Ethnic Religions
2.92 %
0.02 %
0.07 %
2.40 %
Other / Small
0.16 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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