Duruma is a language spoken by just over 400 000 people of an increasing Duruma population in Kenya. This language group mainly resides in the Kwale coastal region, south of Mombasa and stretching all the way to the Tanzanian border. 65% of the Duruma community profess to be Christian while it is believed that around 24% have been evangelized. The literacy rate amongst this language group is only 1%, mainly due to the fact that children are taught to read and write in more widely spoken languages in school.
Sabaot is a Nilotic language spoken by slightly less than 200 000 first language speakers in Kenya, East Africa. The Sabaot people group mainly reside on the foothills and slopes of Mount Elgon along the border with Uganda. For the most part the Sabaot people rely on crop farming for their livelihood and, thus remaining an almost exclusively rural community. This of course, has a marked effect on their exposure and access to modern communication technology resulting in them still being a strong oral community. That said, almost 30% of Sabaot speakers are considered to be literate.
Aari is an Omotic language spoken by approximately 411 000 people in the Omo region of Ethiopia. They are a people group that has historically suffered through more than their fair share of hardship like the famine of the 1980’s, widespread poverty, a lack of mother tongue education and being named “Shankilla”, a derogatory term, by their own countrymen.
Tabwa is spoken by 967 000 people. 869 000 of these reside in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and another 118 000 in Zambia. Most of the Tabwa speaking people of the DRC live in the southern Katanga Province along the western shore of Lake Tanganyika, and on into Zambia. This people group professes to be approximately 90% Christian, while research shows that only around 12% are evangelical Christians and 1% are Muslim. Between 50% - 60% of the Tabwa people are reported to practice traditional and ethnic beliefs along with Christianity which result in syncretic belief systems.