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What are people from Karamoja called?

The Karamojong or Karimojong are a Nilotic ethnic group. They are agro-pastoral herders living mainly in the north-east of Uganda. Their language is also known as ngaKarimojong and is part of the Nilotic language family.

Karamoja is populated by the Karamojong. Theirs is a society whose outward appearance resembles that of the Maasai pastoralists, who move their cattle around a tough landscape in search of grazing.

Karamoja has a cattle culture and the Karamojong are notorious as cattle raiders. Unlike most other Ugandans, many Karamojong shun western-style clothes and instead wear “traditional” dress of a blanket -like shawl, often in red and black. The women wear elaborate beadwork.


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