Affinity Group: Northern African and Middle Eastern Peoples

Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa

People Cluster: Sidama

Language: Daasanach - (dsh)

Alternate Name(s): Geleb, Dama, Marille, Reshiat, Shangilla

Primary Religion: Ethnoreligion - Animism

Country: Kenya

Also found in: Ethiopia; South Sudan

Population: 16,000

Global Population: 93,700

PEID: 33477

ROP: 108362

Progress of the Gospel: Engaged yet Unreached

Global Status of Evangelical Christianity: Less than 2% Evangelical, No Active CP Activity

Overview: The Daasanech of Kenya, numbering 16,000, are Engaged yet Unreached. They are part of the Sidama people cluster within the Horn of Africa affinity bloc. Globally, this group totals 93,700 in 3 countries. Their primary language is Daasanach. The primary religion practiced by the Daasanech is animism, a religious worldview that natural physical entities--including animals, plants, and even inanimate objects--possess a spiritual essence.

Bible Translations: Available

Jesus Film: Available

Gospel Recordings: Available

Radio Broadcast: Not Available