Somali in Eritrea


Population
4,500
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge


Somali People Video

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Introduction / History

The Somali share a common language, adhere to a single faith, and share a cultural heritage. The Somalis first appeared in the Horn of Africa around 1200 and began expanding westward and southward about 150 years later. They converted to Islam around 1550, under the influence of Arab traders that had settled along the coast of present-day Somalia. By 1650, they had moved into Ethiopia.

The Somalis consider themselves warriors. They are a very individualistic people, sharply divided by clans. Fights often occur between the clans, resulting in many deaths. The results in recent decades have been tragic. Somalia is basically ungovernable, and their economy is in shambles. Today many do what they can to flee to other parts of the world like nearby Eritrea.


Where Are they Located?

Most Somalis live in Somalia, but some members of this people group have migrated to other countries, such as Eritrea. Others have been relocated to Europe from Eritrea and Somalia.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Somali who fled to Eritrea live in refugee camps. People living in these camps often find that their lives have improved. These camps have schools. Many Eritreans had never gone to school before. Many are not sure if they want to go back to Somalia.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Somali are Muslims. There are few, if any followers of Jesus Christ among them anywhere.


What Are Their Needs?

Many Somali are very poor. They need food, water and shelter. They also need security, from whatever enemies had forced them to flee their homeland in the first place.


Prayer Points

* Pray for God to soften the hearts of the Somalis in Eritrea and bring them into contact with the gospel.
* Pray for Somalis to call out to God in their distress and put their faith in Christ for all their needs.
* Pray for believers to reach this Somali network in such a way that there will be a church planting movement among the Somalis in Eritrea that will extend to Somalia.
* Pray that Eritrea and Ethiopia will serve as a starting point for a disciple-making movement among Somalis.


References

http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/news/latest/2016/5/572714206/slovakia-receives-37-somalis-camps-eritrea.html
http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/news/stories/2013/7/51d17c749/somali-refugee-makes-education-opportunity-eritrea.html
http://www.tesfanews.net/over-3000-somali-refugees-receive-protection-in-eritrea/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-01-15
Link Up Africa
Praying for Somali
People Name General Somali
People Name in Country Somali
Population in Eritrea 4,500
World Population 20,079,100
Total Countries 23
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Issa, Ogaden, Sab, Shabelle, सोमाली
People ID 14983
ROP3 Code 109392
Country Eritrea
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Eritrea
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Somali (4,500 speakers)
Language Code som   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Somali
Primary Language Somali (4,500 speakers)
Language Code som   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Somali

Primary Language:  Somali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1915-1935)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1972-1976)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1979)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Against My Brother (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Somali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Kitaabka Quduuska Ah
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Somali Bible
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.33 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.67 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
12.0 %
Orthodox
85.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
3.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous  
Video Source LinkUp Africa
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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