Alaba in Ethiopia

The Alaba have only been reported in Ethiopia
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Introduction / History

The Alaba people of Ethiopia live on the central highlands of Ethiopia, some 250-300 km southwest of Addis Ababa to which it is connected by the asphalt Shashemane-Soddo Road. The land is flat and dry with savannah type vegetation. Maize, teff and red pepper are their main crops. The Bilate River borders the Alaba country on the west side towards the Kambaata people. The languages of both these people groups are closely related to Highland East Cushitic languages. The Alaba has been administrated under the Kambaata for years although at the moment Alaba is a special administrative area by itself.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The lifestyle of the Alabas is very modest. Practically all the houses in the rural area are round-shaped, thatch roofed houses, made of wood and mud. They are without ceilings and have mud floors. Livestock spend the night in them together with people. Most of the people get their drinking water from rivers and ponds by carrying it long distances. More than half of the urban houses are without electricity. Firewood and tree leaves are used for cooking. The Alaba administrators express their biggest needs to be schools and clinics for more villages, and wells for villages that are without drinking water. Their very self-confident nature causes them to reject outside influences, and in the rural areas they are only now starting to allow their children to attend schools.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Allabas are nearly all Muslim, although there has been a great endeavor to plant churches among them in recent years. There are some Christian Believers among them now, but the majority are Sunni Muslim.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Alaba people to depend on God Almighty for their physical and spiritual needs. Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to the Alabas in Ethiopia. Pray for a movement to Christ among the Alaba people this decade.


Scripture Prayers for the Alaba in Ethiopia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  
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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-01-02
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-01-22
People Name General Alaba
People Name in Country Alaba
Population this Country 408,000
Population all Countries 408,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 8
Alternate Names Alaaba; Allaaba; Halaba; K’abeena; K’abena; Qebena; Wanbasana
People ID 10255
ROP3 Code 100232
Country Ethiopia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region; Oromia region: Rift Valley southwest of Lake Shala, separated by Belate river from Kambatta [ktb] language area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Ethiopia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region; Oromia region: Rift Valley southwest of Lake Shala, separated by Belate river from Kambatta [ktb] language area..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Alaba in Ethiopia
Primary Language Alaba-K'abeena (408,000 speakers)
Language Code alw   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Alaba-K'abeena (408,000 speakers)
Language Code alw   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Alaba-K'abeena

Primary Language:  Alaba-K'abeena

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2009)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2017)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Alaba-K'abeena Jesus Film Project
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.40 %)
2.60 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
97.40 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
75.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source MANI 
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more