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Munyoyaya in Kenya

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,100 Orma Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Munyoyaya in Kenya

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Introduction / History
The Munyoyaya are a small, closely-knit people group, living in the Tana River district, North of the Coast Province. Although they believe that they are known to all peoples, they remain unknown to many Kenyans.

They claim to have come from Ethiopia, migrating southwards to settle in their present home.

They are a Cushitic people, speaking the same language as the Ormas. Unlike most Cushitic people though, they practice subsistence farming on the flood plains of the Tana River, growing primarily corn and bananas. They occasionally fish too, and keep a few livestock.

These people hold very strong traditional beliefs and customs, yet also claim to be Muslims. Their employment to Arabs along with their interaction with their Somali neighbors brought the change from wholly traditional beliefs to the adoption of Islam. The fact that many do not understand Islam makes them turn to their previous practices to find solutions to life problems.

The inaccessibility of this people group could be a reason why they had no Christian contact. Some ministry among them began in 1991 (Sheepfold Ministries), but to date, there are no adherents.

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Country: Kenya
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:44 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Kilifi, Lamu, and Tana River counties.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Munyoyaya
People Name General: Munyoyaya
ROP3 Code: 106915
Joshua Project People ID: 20202
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,100
Population all Countries: 2,100
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Oromo
People Name General: Munyoyaya
Ethnic Code: CMT33b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Orma (2,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): orc    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Afan Munyoyaya
Dialect Code:15325
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: 2000
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Munyoyaya in Kenya

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People Cluster
    Oromo     Africa, East and Southern    
      Munyoyaya Kenya    
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            Munyoyaya in Kenya          
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      Islam     Orma  
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