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The Tigre are a predominantly Muslim nomadic people who inhabit the northern, western, and coastal lowlands of Eritrea (Gash-Barka, Anseba and Northern Red Sea regions of Eritrea), as well as areas in eastern Sudan. 99.5% of the Tigre people adhere to the Islamic religion Sunni Islam, but there are a considerable amount of Christians among them as well (often referred to as the Mensaï in Eritrea).
They suffered persecution from both the Imperial and the Marxist governments of Ethiopia in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, since they were both nomadic and Muslim. The Ethiopian government's efforts to settle the Tigre, combined with the Eritrean–Ethiopian War, resulted in the resettling of tens of thousands of Tigre in Sudan.
The Tigre language, like Tigrinya, is an Afro-Asiatic language of the Semitic branch, with its origins mainly in Ge'ez. There is no known historically written form of the language. The Eritrean government uses the Ge'ez writing system (a syllabary) to publish documents in the Tigre language.
Tigre is the lingua franca of the multi-ethnic lowlands of western and northern Eritrea, including the northern coast. As such approximately 65% of the Western Lowlands Eritrean population speaks Tigre, although only about 30% are native Tigre speakers.
The Tigre language is transcribed using the Ge'ez syllabary. However, due to the majority of Tigre speakers being Moslem and associating Ge'ez with the Orthodox Church, the language is also written in the Arabic alphabet.
The Tigre people, language and their area of inhabitation should not be confused with the Tigray-Tigrinya people who live in Eritrea and northern Ethiopia and who speak Tigrinya, a closely related Semitic language.
Notable Tigre people 
- Hamid Idris Awate
- Ibrahim Sultan
- Osman Salih sabi
- Abdalla Idris
- Idris Mohamed Adem
- Hamid Faraj
- Ali Radai
- Ramadan Mohamed Nur
- Ibrahim Afa
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