• PEOPLE CLUSTER: KHOISAN

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By Willem Richter

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QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 30

Population: 2,503,605

Unreached people groups: 28

UPG population: 823,605

Unengaged UPGs: 3

UUPG population: 206,000

Number of countries: 10


Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

Overview: Khoisan is a unifying name for two ethnic groups of Southern Africa who share physical and linguistic characteristics distinct from the Bantu majority of the region. Culturally, the Khoisan are divided into the foraging San and the pastoral Khoi. The San are thought to be the original inhabitants while the Khoi arrived in Southern Africa only shortly before the Bantu. The Khoisan languages are characterized by the use of click consonants make them distinctive from most other languages. The generic term, bushman, is used to describe many of these peoples who are predominantly found in arid areas of the region, notably in the Kalahari Desert.

Peoples within this cluster: Aweer; Dahalo; Damara; Gciriku; Griqua; Heikum, San; Kindiga; Korana, Ora; Kxoe; Masi, Mashi; Mosiro; Nama; Nama, Gimsbok; Nghuki; Nusan, Ngamani; Okiek; Sandawe; Sanye; Shi; Teuso; Tsoa, Hiechware; Xegwi

Countries where they are found: Angola; Botswana; Congo (Kinshasa); Kenya; Namibia; South Africa; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe


People groups: 30

Population: 2,503,605

Unreached people groups: 28

UPG population: 823,605

Unengaged UPGs: 3

UUPG population: 206,000

Number of countries: 10