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Madhiban in Somalia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
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Madhiban in Somalia

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Introduction / History
The Midgan people of Somalia are also known as Madhiban or Gabooye. At one time, they were hunters. They are one of the low caste communities of Somalia along with the Yibir and Tumals. Midgan people became low caste because they were accused of some wrong-doing to other communities in the past. Midgan people are expected to do leather work and other things reserved for those at the bottom of the Somali pecking order. There are similar caste groups in other parts of the Horn of Africa.

Where are they located?
Midgan people live only in Somalia.

What are their lives like?
Being a tanner is a very unpleasant job. Midgan people must endure the stench of decaying carcasses and the chemicals it takes to process cow hides, making them into leather.

On top of this, they are looked down upon by other people groups in Somalia. Rape by other clans is a common occurrence, and it usually goes unpunished. Midgan children do not go to school because they cannot afford fees and are at risk of mistreatment by other children. They must live in separate communities, because others consider them dirty or polluted. Other Somali clans and ethnic groups will not intermarry with the Midgans. Some of the Midgan people are either barbers or blacksmiths, which are also low-status professions.

What are their beliefs?
The Midgan people are best described as animists. They believe the world is filled with various spirits that must be appeased or placated. They are not Muslim like the majority Somali population. There are no Christian believers among them.

What are their needs?
The Midgan people need training in areas that will allow them to play an essential role in Somalia. For example, if they learned certain computer skills or ways to improve Somalia's infrastructure, they could no longer be held back. Believers with the right skills might be able to provide this kind of training.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the opportunity for Midgan people to hear about the savior who accepts all people as equals.
* Pray for believers in other parts of Africa to go to the Midgan people with the eternal gospel.
* Pray for spiritual discernment and favor for believers.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to emerge among the Midgan people in Somalia.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2019-01-22
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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:Scattered among Somali tribes
(Source: World Christian Database)
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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: Madhiban
People Name General: Madhiban
Alternate People Names:
Muse Dheri
ROP3 Code: 106615
Joshua Project People ID: 19170
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 7,300
Population all Countries: 9,900
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Khoisan
People Name General: Madhiban
Ethnic Code: BYG11b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Somali (7,300 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): som    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions70.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam30.00 % 
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: 1915-1935
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1979-2008
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 RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoI Against My Brother (Somali)
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Somali
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoWalk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralWalk with the Prophets and meet the Mess ...
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file fro ...
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Kitaabka Quduuska Ah
Text / Printed MatterBible: Somali Bible
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Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Madhiban in Somalia

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People Cluster
    Khoisan     Africa, East and Southern    
      Madhiban Somalia    
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            Madhiban in Somalia          
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