Aweer in Somalia





Largest Religion

Main Language



The Aweer are a remnant hunter-gatherer group living along the Kenyan coast in Lamu District on the mainland. In the last 30 years, the Aweer have faced very difficult times. In 1967, their homeland became a battle field in the war between Kenya and Somalia. In Kenya today, they are a vulnerable group, struggling to survive, in search of a new identity. Traditionally they depend on their elders for leadership and do not normally meet for village discussion. There are some men who have more than one wife, and each wife has her own house in which she lives with her children. The husband does not have his own home but lives with each wife periodically.

Ministry Obstacles

In the past, the Aweer tribe has shown disinterest in following Christ, but recently they have been more open than in the past. Pray for growing interest.

Outreach Ideas

Pray that some Kenyan and Somali Christians will develop a desire to minister to the Aweer tribe, overcoming any tribal hostilities that they may feel. Pray for any funding needs that might stand in the way.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the few followers of Jesus among the Aweer people of Kenya and Somalia, that they will have teachers sent to help them grow in Christ. Pray they will accurately understand the Gospel of grace, not having it mixed with requirements of works. Pray they will be obedient to follow Christ's teachings and commands, in response to grace.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Aweer people will be given a desire to know Jesus Christ. Pray they will hunger to learn more about this Man, and will desire to follow his ways.

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People Name General Aweer
People Name in Country Aweer
Population in Somalia 200
World Population 8,900
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Boni
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Khoisan
People Name General Aweer
Ethnic Code BYG11b
People ID 10942
Country Somalia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 2  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Aweer (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Aweer 200
For Primary Language: Aweer

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
28.00 %
0.00 %
70.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
70.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Photo Source: Jeff Nelson  
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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