• PEOPLE CLUSTER: SARA-BAGIRMI

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QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 30

Population: 2,672,850

Unreached people groups: 16

UPG population: 833,950

Unengaged UPGs: 8

UUPG population: 206,550

Number of countries: 5


Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

Overview: The Sara are an ethnic group in Central Africa, predominantly residing in Chad. They are descendants of the Sao people, the largest group in Chad. The Bagirmi are an ethnic group living on the southern fringe of the Sahara in Chad and Nigeria. Together, these two ethnic groups and related subgroups form the Sara-Bagirmi family of Central Sudanic languages. The Ethnologue classifies 19 languages as Sara and 8 languages as Bagirmi. Sara and related peoples are likely to follow Christianity; Bagirmi and related peoples tend to follow Islam.

Peoples within this cluster: Barma; Bediondo Mbai; Dagba; Dendje; Gor; Goulai; Jaya; Kaba; Kaba Dunjo; Kaba Kurumi; Kaba Na; Kabba-Laka; Kulfe; Mango; Nduka; Ngam; Ruto; Sara Kaba; Sara Majingai-Ngama; Sara Mbai; Sara Ngambai; Tana; Vale

Countries where they are found: Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Nigeria; Sudan


People groups: 30

Population: 2,672,850

Unreached people groups: 16

UPG population: 833,950

Unengaged UPGs: 8

UUPG population: 206,550

Number of countries: 5