Somali in Italy


Population
5,200
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
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 Italy.

Italy and Somalia have a history of strife and colonial exploitation. Italian fascists brutally took over Somalia as a colony, and expanded their holdings into Ethiopia before their efforts were neutralized by the Allied Powers. Italy's 20th century imperialistic efforts were short-lived, but like other colonial powers, some of the formerly colonized people have moved to the land of the former colonizer.


Where Are they Located?

Most likely Somalis in Italy are trying to earn a living in Italy's urban centers.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many of the Somalis living in Europe risked their lives to escape from their troubled, war-torn nation. Those who have successfully reached Italy face a harsh new reality: little or no money, no job, no friends or family. And most do not speak the language. Settling in to their new country and culture can be very difficult.

On the positive side, Somalis in Europe tend to be more open to those who are preaching and demonstrating the love of God than those who live in Somalia.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Although the Somali are nearly all Shafiite Muslims, numerous beliefs and traditions have been intermingled with their Islamic practices. Some observe the standard Islamic prayers, but Somali women have never worn any kind of traditional Muslim veil. Somali frequently turn to the wadaad (a religious expert) for blessings, charms and advice in worldly matters.


What Are Their Needs?

Somalis in Italy have an alarmingly high unemployment rate. They understand that they need to learn Italian and develop useful job skills to function in Italy. Believers can give them the training they need and teach them the ways of Jesus in the process. Believers can also provide a good place for Somali children and teens to study and play sports after school.


Prayer Points

* Pray for God to soften the hearts of the Somalis in Italy 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 Italy that will extend to Somalia.
* Pray that Italy will serve as a starting point for a disciple-making movement among Somalis.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/somalis-in-italy/
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14983/IT
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_Somalis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somali_diaspora
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/06/01/5-facts-about-the-global-somali-diaspora/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-03-15
Link Up Africa
Praying for Somali
People Name General Somali
People Name in Country Somali
Population in Italy 5,200
World Population 19,608,900
Total Countries 23
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Issa, Ogaden, Sab, Shabelle, सोमाली
People ID 14983
ROP3 Code 109392
Country Italy
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Italy
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language: Somali (5,200 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: som   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Somali (5,200 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: som   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Somali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1915-1935)
New Testament Yes   (1972-1976)
Complete Bible Yes   (1979)
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
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 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 %)
0.00 %
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: Anonymous  
Video Source: LinkUp Africa
Profile Source: Keith Carey  
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