Dabarre in Somalia

Joshua Project has identified the Dabarre only in Somalia

Population

41,900

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

Somalia is located on the Horn of Africa on the continent's easternmost coast. The Somali are the largest ethnic group in the country and form one of the most uniform populations of the continent. Some Somali also live in neighboring countries, such as Ethiopia and Kenya. They speak a common language, follow a common religion, and share a cultural heritage.

The Somali are divided into various sub-groups. One of these groups is the Digil, which includes not only the Dabarre but also the Jiddu and the Tunni. They are located in southern Somalia, between the Juba and Shebelle Rivers. This region has the richest agricultural land in the country, and the average temperature is only in the low 80's. Area wildlife includes lions, elephants, foxes, and zebras.

The Dabarre (Mirifle) speak Af-Dabarre from the Afro-Asiatic language family. Many also speak Arabic as a secondary or trade language. They are closely related to the Afar and Beja, sharing similarities in culture, language, and religion.


What are Their Lives Like?

The Dabarre, like other Digil peoples, are primarily farmers. Bananas are the chief commercial and export crop, but sugarcane, corn, sorghum, beans, sesame, and fruits are also grown. Agriculture is organized on a system of mutual help work parties. Men are recruited from within the village and are presided over by a chief, who is given gifts and coffee. The men must appear for work anytime the chief calls them. These associations work on special "work days" and cultivate the land of their members and of other villages, who must pay them a fee and feed them. Although women are not members of these work groups, they help the men in the fields and also grind grain for flour. Most also herd cattle and to a lesser extent, camels. These animals provide meat, milk, and skins. In addition to farming, the Dabarre also engage in fishing and hunting.

The Dabarre live in round huts with mud walls and cone-shaped, grass roofs. The inside of the hut is divided by a curtain or branch partition. The man sleeps on the side facing the door, the wife on the other, more secluded side. Wealthier Dabarre may also have a porch attached to the hut's entrance. Each family is ruled by the male head of the household. The village is ruled by a council of elders from each family, who meet with the village head. Decisions and business with other villages are conducted by the council.

The Dabarre wear mainly cotton cloth, which can be obtained through trade or made on local looms. The dress of both men and women closely resembles a Roman toga and is typically white or gray in color. The cloth is usually saturated with butter in order to protect the person against damp or cold. Most Dabarre go barefoot, but sandals are sometimes worn. Most women wear pearl, leather, or silver necklaces, as well as bracelets and anklets.

When a young man desires to marry, he must first obtain the consent of his parents and the girl's parents. The young man must pay a bride-price to the girl's family, and if the bride-price is satisfactory, the engagement will result in marriage. A man is responsible for his wife, as are his brothers and all the members of his family. If a wife is murdered, the husband and his family will resort to blood-vengeance. Under Islamic law, a Dabarre is allowed up to four wives. Each wife, however, occupies her own hut where she raises her children.


What are Their Beliefs?

The Dabarre are virtually all Muslim. Although they are quite orthodox in their religious practices, few have a deep understanding of their faith. As Muslims, the Dabarre believe that Jesus was only a prophet, not God's Son. They believe that after death all men will give an account for their actions, being judged by their works and knowledge of the Koran. The Dabarre consider Christians to be inferior to themselves.


What are Their Needs?

The Dabarre have no Christian resources available to them, and no missions agency is currently working among them. The majority have not had a chance to hear a clear presentation of the Gospel. Much prayer and evangelistic work are needed to lead these Muslims to the Truth.


Prayer Points

* Ask the Lord of the harvest to send loving Christians to share the Truth with the Dabarre.
* Ask the Lord to save key leaders among the Dabarre who will profess Jesus as Lord.
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Pray that strong local churches will be raised up among the Dabarre.


Profile Source:   Bethany World Prayer Center  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-01-23
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-01-12
People Name General Dabarre
People Name in Country Dabarre
Population in Somalia 41,900
World Population 42,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Somali
People Name General Dabarre
Ethnic Code CMT33e
Country Somalia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 2  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Location in Country Dabarre around Dhiinsoor District, May region; Iroole in Baraawe District, Lower Shabeelle region, and Qansax Dheere
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dabarre (Unknown) Somali (Unknown) Maay (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dabarre Somali
Maay
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
None reported  
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-01-23
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-01-12

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
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