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Bajuni in Somalia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
11,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Bajuni in Somalia

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Introduction / History
The Bajuni are a mixture of Bantu (African), Somali, and Arabs, but they still consider themselves a distinct culture group. Not only did Arab traders intermarry with the African population, but they also brought their Muslim religion to the Bajuni people. These island people were mostly sailors, fishermen or farmers. Their heart language is Kibajuni.

Where are they located?
Their original homeland was Kismayo Island. Kismayo means "top of the well." Bajuni Somalis now live on the Bajuni Islands and nearby coastal areas of both Somalia and Kenya.

What are their lives like?
These are hard times for the Bajuni Somalis. Though they are Somali citizens, some have been driven out of their island home, often because of inter-tribal hostilities, or by the militant group, Al-Shabaab. Some have gone through the UK seeking asylum either there are in Kenya and Tanzania.

The ones that remain on the Bajuni Islands live in fear of being persecuted or deported. Unlike others in Somalia, the Bajuni do not have strong clans to protect their interests. They are also singled out because they are partly Subsharan African instead of "pure" Somalis.

What are their beliefs?
The Bajuni follow the laws of Islam to conduct their affairs. Praying and washing five times a day is part of their daily routine. All their children attend Muslim schools where the Koran is diligently studied, and women are traditionally veiled and live very secluded lives. Their social and religious lives revolve around the mosque. There are only a few known followers of Christ among them.

What are their needs?
Water, clean fresh water, is essential for life and health, and much of the world is deprived of it. We have heard the saying, "Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink." This is the case for the Bajuni people who live on tiny Lamu Island along Kenya's coast. Much of their water for drinking and cooking has to be imported.

Prayer Points
* Pray that God will soften the hearts of the Bajuni through the worship and intercession of prayer teams.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will make them receptive to the gospel and open their hearts towards God's children.
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to the Bajuni Somalis in Kenya and Somalia to help improve their living and spiritual conditions.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement among the Bajuni Somalis in Somalia.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2019-01-26
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Country: Somalia
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:3 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Primarily on Bajuni Islands in the Indian Ocean
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Bajuni
People Name General: Bajuni
Alternate People Names:
BajunBajun Shirazi
ROP3 Code: 100807
Joshua Project People ID: 10586
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 11,000
Population all Countries: 222,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Swahili
People Name General: Bajuni
Ethnic Code: NAB57j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Swahili (11,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): swh    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Bajuni
Dialect Code:16976
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1868-1968
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1890-2017
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFather's Love Letter
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Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
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Film / VideoGod's Love Story
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Swahili
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWalk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Swahili Union Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Swahili, Common Language Bible
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Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Bajuni in Somalia

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People Cluster
    Bantu, Swahili     Africa, East and Southern    
      Bajuni Somalia    
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      Religion Language  
      Islam     Swahili  
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