Ilwana in Kenya

The Ilwana have only been reported in Kenya
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Introduction / History

The name Malakote (meaning slave) was given to this people group by the Somalis. The Somalis introduced them to Islam and made them slaves. The people today prefer to be called Ilwana (meaning free men) closely related to the Kiswahili word muunguana translated by Krapf and Cust (1882) to be "a free man". A Christian community among the Ilwana has provided refuge to Muslim Background Believers and other Christians when fighting breaks out and persecution is intense.


Where Are they Located?

They live along the Tana River


What Are Their Lives Like?

Their livilihood is based on farming, fishing and bee-keeping.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They practice Islam mixed with animism and witchcraft. Evangelism efforts have met opposition.


Profile Source:   Worker in Kenya, Pray for Kenya brochure  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-01-31
People Name General Ilwana
People Name in Country Ilwana
Population in Kenya 21,000
World Population 21,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Malakote, Waliwana
People ID 13432
ROP3 Code 106128
Country Kenya
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Garissa and Tana River counties: Tana River north of Pokomo, between Bura and Garissa.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Kenya
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Garissa and Tana River counties: Tana River north of Pokomo, between Bura and Garissa..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Kiwilwana (21,000 speakers)
Language Code mlk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Other People Groups Speaking Kiwilwana
Primary Language Kiwilwana (21,000 speakers)
Language Code mlk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kiwilwana

Primary Language:  Kiwilwana

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.02 %)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.98 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
15.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
Photo Source Jeff Nelson 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Worker in Kenya, Pray for Kenya brochure  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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