Mahra in Somalia


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Introduction / History

This group from Yemen's Socotra Island is often called the Al-Mahrah tribe or Mehri. They are the largest tribe in their original homeland. Because of the isolation island living provides, their language is different than that of other Arabic speaking peoples. Mahra speakers often have to learn more modern Arabic dialects to communicate with others. Their language is in danger of extinction; it is a spoken language that is seldom written or read.


Where Are they Located?

Most are located on the island of Socotra, which is in Yemen, but many have migrated to other countries like Somalia, Oman or Kuwait.


What Are Their Lives Like?

There are limited opportunities to earn a living on a remote island, so the Mahra people often try to find work in Kuwait, where wages are higher. Those less fortunate wind up in places like Somalia, where the economy is not working.


What Are Their Beliefs?

No matter where they live the Mahra people are 100 Sunni Muslim. There are no Christian believers among them.


What Are Their Needs?

People who live on small islands have a hard time earning a good living, and that includes the Mahras. Believers can help them develop the right skills so they can rise above their current circumstances.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Mahra in Somalia.

* Pray for opportunities for Mahra people in Somalia to hear of the love, grace, mercy, and power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
* Pray for spiritual openness among this solidly Muslim people.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to spread through Mahra communities, not only in Somalia, but also in Oman, Yemen, and Kuwait.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/13220/KU
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehri_people
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehri_language


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-01-05
People Name General Mahra
People Name in Country Mahra
World Population 198,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Arab Salah; Mahri; Mehri; South Arabic
People ID 13220
ROP3 Code 106046
Country Somalia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 3  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Puntland   Source:  Web
Country Somalia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 3  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Puntland.   Source:  Web

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Primary Language Mehri (4,000 speakers)
Language Code gdq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Mehri (4,000 speakers)
Language Code gdq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Mehri

Primary Language:  Mehri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1902)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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Primary Religion: Islam
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 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Steve Evans  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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