Gavar in Cameroon

The Gavar have only been reported in Cameroon
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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Introduction / History

When the sun peeks between the hills of Cameroon's "Far North," Gavar speakers leave the huts that provide shelter for sleeping and storage for their few material goods. They spend most of their day outside, and in the cooler rainy season, field work is always waiting. Using familiar hand tools, they must harvest the vegetables and staples that will feed their families throughout the rest of the year.

A field plowed early in the season behind a donkey or a cow yields a little cotton the family can market for essential cash. Soon enough, temperatures of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit will shrivel whatever vegetation is left in this sub-Saharan Sahel Desert.

Over several centuries, the Gavar people have continually resisted waves of invasion pressing them to convert to another major religion. Into the backdrop of African traditional religion, Christians from other parts of Cameroon brought the Gospel to this area in the 1970s. Concurrently, government schools and health clinics are opened. Many Gavar speakers have become Christians, but churches use the majority language, also spoken by their aggressive neighbors who don't share their religion.


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* Scripture Prayers for the Gavar in Cameroon.


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People Name General Gavar
People Name in Country Gavar
World Population 20,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Gouwar; Kortchi
People ID 11831
ROP3 Code 103250
Country Cameroon
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Far North region: Mayo-Tsanaga division, Mokolo subdivision, Mogode canton, Gawar area, south of Mokolo. Some Gavar Hossere live among Gavar-Fulfulde, and some isolated in Kortchi village mountain area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Cameroon
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Far North region: Mayo-Tsanaga division, Mokolo subdivision, Mogode canton, Gawar area, south of Mokolo. Some Gavar Hossere live among Gavar-Fulfulde, and some isolated in Kortchi village mountain area..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Gavar (20,000 speakers)
Language Code gou   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Gavar (20,000 speakers)
Language Code gou   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gavar

Primary Language:  Gavar

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.80 %)
8.00 %
Ethnic Religions
3.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
88.00 %
Non-Religious
1.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
1.0 %
Protestant
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
69.0 %
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