Somali in Yemen

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge


Somali people are one of the most homogenous people groups in Africa, speaking a common language and adhering to a single faith (Islam), although women do not wear customary veils, and sharing a cultural heritage. Most Yemen Somali are rural farmers, city dwellers, and nomadic shepherds. A growing number of Somali refugees have fled to Yemen in an attempt to escape Somali’s civil war and crime.

Ministry Obstacles

Although Bible resources, written, audio, and visual exist in Somali, people remain unreached. Somalis have mingled numerous beliefs and practices with their Islamic religion causing much confusion.

Outreach Ideas

Pray that God will cause the revelation of His love and His Word to move swiftly through Somali families and clans in Yemen until He is honored and worshiped by them.
Humanitarian workers armed with God’s Word are needed to show the love of God to Somali people in Yemen in practical ways.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Since movements are based on the authority of Scripture, pray that believers reproduce obedience-based discipleship groups. Pray that God will raise up bi-vocational lay leaders and creatively reveal avenues for sharing the gospel.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray that God will raise up many prayer teams to “adopt” Somali people in Yemen; praying until the blessing of knowing Jesus spreads rapidly from family to family.

Scripture Prayers for the Somali in Yemen.

Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-12-25
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-12-28
Link Up Africa
Praying for Somali
People Name General Somali
People Name in Country Somali
Pronunciation soh-MAH-lee
Population this Country 447,000
Population all Countries 23,852,000
Total Countries 24
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 9
Alternate Names Issa; Ogaden; Sab; Shabelle; सोमाली
People ID 14983
ROP3 Code 109392
Country Yemen
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mainly camps near Aden   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Yemen
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mainly camps near Aden.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Map of Somali in Yemen
Primary Language Somali (447,000 speakers)
Language Code som   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Somali (447,000 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  (1979-2008)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
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 Video / Animation
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
Film / Video Walk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Kitaabka Quduuska Ah
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Somali Bible
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.03 %)
0.05 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.95 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
80.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location from IMB. Other map data / geography from GMI. Map by Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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