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Ajuran in Kenya

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
190,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.40 % 0.30 %   

Ajuran in Kenya

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Introduction / History
The Ajuran are ethnically Somalis. They were a kingdom that ruled Somalia before the advent of Europeans into Africa. When the rest of the Somalis got fed up with their rule they took up arms against them in war popularly known as Eji iyo Ajuran meaning the rest of Somalis vs. the Ajuran. The wars that ensued deposed the kingdom and drove some of the Ajuran as far as where they live today in the North Eastern Kenya and Eastern part of Ethiopia. Some of those who settled in present day Kenya eventually adopted the language and customs of their neighbors and hosts, the Borana.

The Ajuran are best known in Somali history for establishing the Gareen dynasty based in Qalaafo (now part of Ethiopia). The Gareen dynasty ruled parts of East Africa from the 16th to the 20th century.

Among the Kenyan Ajuran people, the majority speak the Borana language as their first language while others speak the Somali language as their first language especially those from Wajir North District in the areas of Wakhe and Garren. It is vital to note that since Somali is the language of wider communication in Northeastern Province, even the Ajuran who speak Borana as their first language learn the language. The link between the Garreh and Ajuran is their primary language which is Borana and not Somali.

Where are they located?
The Ajuran live in northeast Kenya.

What are their lives like?
The Ajurans, like the rest other Somali tribes of Northern Kenya have traditionally lived a nomadic life. This way of life is dictated by the climate which is semi-arid with two seasonal rains. They follow water and pasture for the animals they keep such as cattle, camels, goats, sheep, donkeys and mules that provide them their livelihood. Where the land is good for farming there are settled populations growing corn, millet, sorghum and some fruits and vegetables.

The Ajuran live in an area with relatively high rainfall and good pasture for their animals. However, this blessing has on many occasions become troublesome to them in terms of marauding neighbors in need of the same resources. The intrusion by others has periodically resulted in clashes. Today, the Ajuran allow others to live and pasture their animals in their communal land.

What are their beliefs?
The Ajuran are nearly all Muslims. Although the Ajuran are staunch Muslims, few of them have a deep understanding of their faith. Muslims consider Jesus to be a prophet, a teacher, and a good man, but not God's son. They believe that they will be judged by their good works and by their knowledge of the Koran. Muslims say prayers five times a day while facing Mecca.

What are their needs?
Some of the Ajuran were displaced by civil strife in 1993 and live as refugees in the Moyale District according the UNHCR. They have since requested repatriation, claiming that there is now no ongoing fight with a neighboring tribe.

Prayer Points
* Ask God to send forth medical missionaries and supplies to help meet the needs of the Ajuran.
* Pray that the Lord will raise up additional missionaries who can effectively reach out to Muslims.
* Ask God to anoint the Gospel as it goes forth via radio and television to the Ajuran.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften their hearts towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Pray that strong local churches will be raised up among the Ajuran.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-01-05
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-01-19
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Country: Kenya
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:49 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Marsabit, Wajir, Mandera, Isiolo, and Laikipia counties. Extensive area from Lake Rudolph east to Ethiopia-Somalia border, and south towards Nairobi.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Ajuran
People Name General: Ajuran
Alternate People Names:
Garreh-AjuranSomali Ajuran
ROP3 Code: 100175
Joshua Project People ID: 10216
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 190,000
Population all Countries: 190,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Oromo
People Name General: Ajuran
Ethnic Code: CMT33b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji
Language Code (ISO): gax    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Somali (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.40 %(Evangelical: 0.30 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.60 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic30.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1870-1966
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1967-1994
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament- Bora (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Oromo, Borana-Arsi-G ...
Film / VideoKing of Glory movie
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Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
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Ajuran in Kenya

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People Cluster
    Oromo     Africa, East and Southern    
      Ajuran Kenya    
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      Islam     Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji  
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