Somali in Malta


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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

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 Somali people share a common language, adhere to a single faith, and share a cultural heritage. Their name is derived from the words, "so maal," which literally means "Go milk a beast for yourself!" To the Somali, this is actually a rough expression of hospitality.

In recent years, Malta has become the place of choice for human traffickers who are smuggling Somalis and others out of Africa. There is a good chance that Somalis will be arriving in Malta for a number of years. Most of these Somalis arriving in Malta are young and desperate to make a new start, though they are actually hoping that Malta will be a step-off point for northern European countries.


Where Are they Located?

Most Somalis live in Somalia or Kenya, but there is a sizable diaspora in other countries like Malta. This has been necessary since Somalia does not have a viable government, so militias have make Somalia a land where power comes from the barrel of a gun, and mercy and justice do not exist.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Somalis enjoy telling stories and learning history through their poetry. Many times, they will chant folk tales on take walks in the evening.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Although the Somalis are nearly all Muslims, numerous beliefs and traditions have been intermingled with their Islamic practices. They chant standard Islamic prayers; however, Somali women have never worn the required veils. Somalis frequently turn to the wadaad (a religious expert) for blessings, charms and advice in worldly matters.


What Are Their Needs?

Somalis in Malta need work skills that will help them to make an honest living.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Somali in Malta.

* Pray that the ordeals faced by Somalis will give them a willingness to find new spiritual answers.
* Pray for believers in Malta to make the effort to reach the Somalis for Christ.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement among Somalis to begin in Malta and spread to other parts of Europe.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14983/SO
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14983/IT
http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/23044/traffickers-carrying-somalis-targeting-malta-purposely-20121130#.WeT2iUyZNQY
https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20160416/local/somalis-heading-to-malta-to-sing-for-hope.608956
http://www.unhcr.org.mt/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=611:peace-is-life-somali-refugees-in-malta-look-to-the-future-with-hope&catid=81:making-a-difference
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/malta/10192458/EU-immigration-Malta-is-the-smallest-state-and-we-are-carrying-a-burden-that-is-much-bigger-than-any-other-country.html
http://www.npr.org/2015/03/07/391435865/in-malta-journalist-makes-a-bridge-between-somalia-and-asylum


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Link Up Africa
Praying for Somali
People Name General Somali
People Name in Country Somali
World Population 23,117,000
Total Countries 23
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Issa, Ogaden, Sab, Shabelle, सोमाली
People ID 14983
ROP3 Code 109392
Country Malta
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Malta
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Somali (1,100 speakers)
Language Code som   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Somali (1,100 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 Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
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 (Somali)
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
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 %)
0.00 %
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 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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