Aringa in Uganda

The Aringa have only been reported in Uganda
Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Slave trade was practiced in Yumbe from around 1822 to 1919. In 1919, the Belgian government signed a treaty with the British government to abolish the trade. Idi Amin was from neighboring Koboko and became Uganda's president in the year 1971 and ruled up to 1979. He had a strong influence in Yumbe District.

There was no LRA in Yumbe but several rebel activities were led by others. For example, the West Nile Band front rebel group was led by Juma Aurish, UNRF I AND II were led by Brigadier Moses Ali and Major General Ali Bamuze, respectively. Effects of rebel activities in Yumbe were a reduction of manpower, destruction of property (including buildings, health centers, schools, etc.), displacement of people from their homes, poverty and hunger, religious conflicts (such as the wounding and killing of missionaries in 2001 and 2004). There is now peace, more cooperation and development.

Where Are they Located?

They are primarily located in Yumbe District which is in West Nile (Northwestern) Uganda. Yumbe District's northern border is with South Sudan. The Aringa are also scattered throughout the West Nile and, to a smaller degree, in the rest of Uganda with small numbers doing business in neighboring South Sudan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are traditionally hunters and cultivators and they keep small scale livestock, mainly for home use. A growing number are becoming businessmen. They typically have large families and are hard workers.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Aringa are primarily Muslim with a very small number of Christians. The Muslims response to evangelism is mixed. Some of them feel good and would like to become Christians but fear persecution from other Muslims. Others feel bad when they see Christians doing evangelism, they can chase them away from their homes, insult them, pay no attention to the message etc. Others pretend to have accepted the message for other personal gain such as money.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Aringa in Uganda.

Pray for growth of the church in depth and numbers.
Pray for the completion of the Old Testament translation, which is in progress. The New Testament is currently available in Aringa.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-01-07
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-01-08
People Name General Aringa
People Name in Country Aringa
Population this Country 650,000
Population all Countries 650,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 13
Alternate Names Lugbara, Low
People ID 19162
ROP3 Code 115467
Country Uganda
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Yumbe district: north of Lugbara, west of Ma’di.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Uganda
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Yumbe district: north of Lugbara, west of Ma’di..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Aringa in Uganda
Primary Language Aringa (650,000 speakers)
Language Code luc   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Aringa (650,000 speakers)
Language Code luc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Aringa

Primary Language:  Aringa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2003-2008)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2013)
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 Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Aringa
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
1.90 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.00 %
88.10 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
51.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
49.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous  Used with permission
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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