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The Word of God for Iraqw Speakers

Also known as Erokh, Iraku, Iraqu, Kiiraqw, Mbulu or Mbulunge.

In the Arusha and Manyara regions of northern Tanzania, approximately 872,000 people speak Iraqw. The traditional culture of the Iraqw is rooted in rich oral literature. Historically, the Iraqw have been seen as outsiders from other peoples within Tanzania. They currently live in linguistic isolation, as their language is very different from those spoken by neighboring people.

The Iraqw people remain devoted to their own way of life and religions, despite the influence of Christianity, Catholicism and Islam.Their traditional religion is centered around the existence of two spiritual deities, Lo’a and Netlangw, who created and inhabited the earth. Only 40% claim Christianity and active Christ-followers are rare.

Tanzania Iraqw Map


Tanzania Recording and Engagement Partners

Recording & Engagement Partners

Bible Society of Tanzania

Tanzania Distribution Methods

Distribution Methods

Local churches, YouVersion /, Davar Website, Digital Bible Library,

Investment Overview

We are in need of full funding to record the Old Testament for the Iraqw people. This project will provide these oral learners with God’s Word in their home language, allowing them to learn about the God who created them and live transformed lives.

Investment Needed:


Potential Reach:

872,000 People