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Somali Bantu in Somalia

Somali Bantu

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
747,000 Maay Islam 0.05 % 0.05 % No   

Somali Bantu in Somalia

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Introduction / History
The Somali Bantu live in the southeast of Somalia near the Juba and Shabelle Rivers. They were originally from Nigeria and Cameroon and migrated to south east Africa. They were captured from south east Africa and sold as slaves, some to Somalia.

The Somali Bantu refer to themselves as Bantu and have not been looked upon too well in Somalia. Most of them speak Af-Maay. They are mostly farmers who eat of their own produce. Most of them are Muslims but some became Catholics and some are animists. They marry among themselves mostly and there are few marriages between them and the Somalis.

Many of them were forced from their lands during the Somali civil war, some of them to Kenya. This century some of the Somali Bantu have gone to the United States and some have become citizens of Tanzania.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the troubles the Somali Bantu have had will lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to salvation too.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.


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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-01-16
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-01-21
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-10-06
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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:Lower Shabelle, Middle Shabelle, Hiraan, Bay, Lower Jubba, Middle Jubba. IDPs in Kismayo and Mogadishu.
(Source: Field worker)
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Country Map:Political map
Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Somali Bantu
People Name General: Somali Bantu
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 103458
Joshua Project People ID: 20784
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 747,000
Population all Countries: 907,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Swahili
People Name General: Somali Bantu
Ethnic Code: NAB57
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Maay
Language Code (ISO): ymm    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Mushungulu (Unknown)Somali (Unknown)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.05 %(Evangelical: 0.05 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.95 % 
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: 2006-2007
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Maay
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
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Somali Bantu in Somalia

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Bantu, Swahili     Africa, East and Southern    
      Somali Bantu Somalia    
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            Somali Bantu in Somalia          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Maay  
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