• PEOPLE CLUSTER: PYGMY

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QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 26

Population: 927,500

Unreached people groups: 15

UPG population: 745,500

Unengaged UPGs: 3

UUPG population: 20,600

Number of countries: 8


Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

Overview: Pygmy is a term used to describe ethnic groups whose average height is unusually short. Anthropologists define pygmy as any group whose adult men are less than 59 inches in average height. The term 'pygmy' is sometimes considered derogatory and most peoples classified within the Pygmy people cluster prefer to be referred to by their ethnic name. Most of these people groups are under 50,000 in population. Christianity and ethnic religions are widely practiced among these people groups.

Peoples within this cluster: Asua Pygmy; Baka Pygmy; Bakwe; Bamassa Pygmy; Banziri Pygmy; Bayaka Pygmy; Buraka; Efe; Fumbira; Gagu; Gbanziri; Gundi Pygmy; Gyele; Lese; Monjombo; Mvuba

Countries where they are found: Angola; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo (Brazzaville); Congo (Kinshasa); Cote d’Ivoire; Gabon; Uganda


People groups: 26

Population: 927,500

Unreached people groups: 15

UPG population: 745,500

Unengaged UPGs: 3

UUPG population: 20,600

Number of countries: 8