Having lived in Mozambique for a while I can just say that it will be really, really hard to create any community besides one working on the Portuguese-speaking projects. Most of the Mozambican languages are rarely written, some of them (especially the Northern ones) are not even alphabetized or even lexicalized, and none is taught in school or used by authorities (contrary to anything that is happening in South Africa).

(sorry for my saddening comment)



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Bobby Shabangu <bobbyshabangu@gmail.com> schrieb am Do., 21. März 2019, 22:00:
In South Africa we have the distance advantage plus we share the Tsonga language with these people.

So, I'll speak to the Wikimedia South African chapter and find out if our mission aligned partners in South Africa can't connect us with communities over there to run edit workshops. Our partners with branches in Mozambique  include the Goethe Institut and the Swedish embassy. We can also contact Edwardo Mondlane University to find out if we can't run an edit workshop with their library department.

There's no formula for making a Wikipedian but it would be worth a try to actually go there and see if we can't spread the word about Wikipedia.    

Bobby Shabangu

On Thu, 21 Mar 2019 9:08 PM Amir E. Aharoni, <amir.aharoni@mail.huji.ac.il> wrote:

Following the terrible news of the natural disasters in Mozambique, I looked at which languages are spoken there.

As in many other African countries, the official language is a European one, Portuguese. There's a large Wikipedia in it, but less than half of the people in Mozambique actually know it (according to Ethnologue, https://www.ethnologue.com/country/MZ/languages ).

I could find only one native languages of Mozambique in which there is a Wikipedia: Tsonga. This Wikipedia is very small, but it has a small group of dedicated editors.

All the other languages of Mozambique don't have any Wikipedia at all: Makhuwa, Lomwe, Tswa, Mwera, and others. They don't even have an Incubator.

So, this is a very long shot, but I'll mention this anyway: If, in the wake of this catastrophe, or at any other point and for whatever reason, someone raises the idea of writing Wikipedia articles in any of these languages, please remember that the fact that there is no Wikipedia or incubator in them *now* is not an excuse for not doing it. Anyone who can write in them can be the first person to do it. An Incubator can be created at any point in any language, and I'll be happy to assist anyone who is interested in doing this.

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