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Shanqella (Ge'ez ሻንቅላ šānḳillā sometimes spelled Shangella, Shánkala, Shankalla or Shangalla) is an Ethiopian term (originally an Agaw term) used to refer to a number of ethnic groups residing primarily in the westernmost part of Ethiopia near Sudan, especially Benishangul-Gumuz Region, who constitute about 5% of Ethiopia's population. The term is derogatorily[1] used by highland Ethiopians referring mostly to some Ethiopian tribes with a Nilo-Saharan ethnic background, but also a few with Omotic backgrounds.


  1. ^ Smidt 2010, p. 525.


  • Smidt, Wolbert (2010), "Šanqəlla", in Uhlig, Siegbert, Encyclopaedia Aethiopica 4, pp. 525–527 

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