Mushunguli in Somalia

Joshua Project has identified the Mushunguli only in Somalia





Largest Religion

Main Language



The Mushunguli are said to have descended from fugitive slaves who escaped from their Somali masters in northeast Tanzania around 1840. Many migrated to Somalia in search of security from the slave-trade. Mainstream Somalis look down upon them because of their slave origins. Traditionally, the Mushunguli were farmers and they formed a "caste" group of Somali minorities known as the jareer or jirir.

Ministry Obstacles

Somalia is not a hospitable place for Christian outsiders to live and work.

Outreach Ideas

Christians need to minister to the material and physical needs of these poor people, building friendships and trust.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the few Christians among the Mushunguli tribe, that they will find each other, and fellowship together. Pray they will understand well how to know and follow Christ, and will faithfully follow him.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray these people will be able to care for their families, and live in safety and peace.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-01-13
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-01-14
People Name General Mushunguli
People Name in Country Mushunguli
Population in Somalia 31,000
World Population 31,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Baarawe, Gosha, Reer Goleed, Shambaara
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Swahili
People Name General Mushunguli
Ethnic Code NAB57j
People ID 13892
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)
Location in Country South, Lower Jubba region, Jamaame District center; urban areas: Kismaayo and Muqdisho.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Somali: Northern Somali Swahili: Mwini Mushungulu
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Somali: Northern Somali Swahili: Mwini
For Primary Language: Mushungulu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
15.0 %
85.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: The Masters View / Howard Erickson  
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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