Kunama in Eritrea

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Map Source:  Anonymous
People Name: Kunama
Country: Eritrea
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 137,000
World Population: 174,900
Primary Language: Kunama
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 25.00 %
Evangelicals: 10.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Nilotic
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Kunamas are indigenous Eritreans and ethnic Nigerian Nilo-Saharan found in Eritrea, Sudan, and Ethiopia. Over time they migrated into these countries and farmed there. They live in villages with homes made of straw huts and they speak Kunama. The villages inhabited by Kunama are remote and far away from other civilians.

Where Are they Located?

Kunamas are located in the Gash-Barka region of Eritrea, Tigray region of Ethiopia, and Kassala, Sudan and its outskirts.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Kunama are mainly pastoralists and agriculturalists and many are cattle herders. Kunama are known for their farming and the region they live in in Eritrea is known as 'The Bread-basket of Eritrea. '

What Are Their Beliefs?

Kunama practice a religion that includes worship of the sun god Anna. Some Kunama converted to Catholicism and Islam. The number of non-Christians is still high.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Kunama without water.
Pray for the Kunama so they can come to see Jesus.
Pray for the Kunama that they understand that God will welcome them into his kingdom with open arms.

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