Kamukuio Cluster

Languages: Humbe, Kuvale and Kwandu
People Groups: Humbe, Kuvale and Kwandu
People Group Size: 196,000
Location: Angola
Lifestyle: livestock and small-scale cultivation

Translation Time-frame: To be confirmed
Completed in Phase 1,2 & 3: 235 stories from the Old and New Testament translated across all three languages
Translation Phase: 4 (pending)
Translation Goals: Oral Bible translation of Genesis, Luke and Hebrews
Source Languages: Portuguese
Managing Partners: Wycliffe SA / JOCUM


Map KamukuioThe Kamukuio translation serves 3 language groups, all accessible from Kamukuio town in the southwest of Angola. Some live further south, and others live up on a nearby mountain. These groups live on ancestral land, although recent migrations and relocations have occurred due to the civil war. They rely on livestock and small-scale cultivation to make a living, and are a traditionally oral people with around 95% practicing African traditional religion.

Although the Kwandu and Humbe have been exposed to the Gospel, the Kuvale people have almost no believers or churches. Other major obstacles include poverty and identity confusion among the language groups. This causes some ethnic groups to totally avoid each other, even in the church. Despite these tensions, young Christians are showing a greater openness to interacting with fellow Christians of different ethnic groups. Access to oral Bible stories in their heart languages is becoming a catalyst to greater harmony and unity among the diverse language groups in the Kamukuio area.

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