Dahalo in Kenya

Joshua Project has identified the Dahalo only in Kenya





Largest Religion

Main Language



The Bushmen, often referred to as San or Khoisan, are the remnants of Africa's oldest cultural group. The Dahalo are one of the Bushmen groups. Bushmen are small in stature generally with light yellowish skin which wrinkles very early in life. Their social structure is not tribal because they have no paramount leader. Decisions are made by discussion and consensus. Bushmen believe in a mythical being, part trickster, part creator who is capable of great good but also of playing tricks on people. Most Bushmen believe that upon death the soul goes back to the great god's house in the sky. Dead people can, however, still influence the living and, when a shaman or witchdoctor dies, the people are very concerned lest his spirit become a danger to the living.

Ministry Obstacles

There is a lack of Christian resources available in the language of the Dahalo people. Pray for the soon creation and distribution of resources.

Outreach Ideas

Christians need to become genuinely concerned for the downtrodden Bushmen, finding ways to assist them materially and physically.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are indications there may be a few followers of Christ among the Dahalo. Pray they will be more than nominal Christians, but will be strongly anchored in Christ and will be faithful disciples.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Bushmen groups have faced discrimination, eviction from their ancestral lands, oppression, and murder, amounting to a massive though unrecognized genocide. Pray for justice for these people, including land rights.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Dahalo
People Name in Country Dahalo
Population in Kenya 2,800
World Population 2,800
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Sanye, Waboni
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Khoisan
People Name General Dahalo
Ethnic Code BYG11b
People ID 11471
Country Kenya
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Coast Province, Lamu and Tana River districts, near Tana River mouth.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dahalo Swahili
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dahalo Swahili
For Primary Language: Dahalo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
93.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

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

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