Madhiban in Kenya

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

At one time the Midgan people were hunters and gatherers. Some performed circumcisions for other Somali people, which was considered an unclean profession. Though the Somalis are an ethnically cohesive group, they have castes which divide them. The Midgans are among the least prestigious castes among Somali people, both in Somalia and Kenya.

Where Are they Located?

There are only a couple thousand Midgan people, but they live either in Somalia or Kenya. There might be some in Ethiopia as well.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Today the Midgan people are artisans who perform the lowliest of jobs—smiths, barbers, leather-workers, street-sweepers, and janitors. Traditionally, they have been forbidden from owning land and livestock, and even today they cannot participate in local business or politics. Their lines of work are considered very dirty, so they are also considered a unclean people. Rape by other Somali clans is a common occurrence, and it usually goes unpunished. In addition, Midgan children do not go to school because they cannot afford fees and are at risk of mistreatment by other children. They have been given the pejorative name of Madhiban.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Surprisingly, the Midgan people in Somalia adhere to their tribal religion, while those in Kenya have converted to Islam.

What Are Their Needs?

The Midgan people in Kenya need the opportunity to learn new trades and skills so they can get out of their low position.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Madhiban in Kenya.

* Pray for the Midgan people to be given the chance to encounter the Savior who loves and accepts all who come to Him.
* Pray for spiritual discernment and the ability to understand that Jesus Christ offers them the chance to become part of His high kingdom.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to emerge among the Midgan people both in Kenya and in Somalia.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-01-27
People Name General Madhiban
People Name in Country Madhiban
Population this Country 2,600
Population all Countries 9,900
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Gaboye; Midgan; Muse Dheri
People ID 19170
ROP3 Code 106615
Country Kenya
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Kenya
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Somali (2,600 speakers)
Language Code som   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Somali (2,600 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 (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
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 Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
General Got Questions Ministry
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Kitaabka Quduuska Ah
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
95.00 %
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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