Aweer in Somalia

Photo Source:  Jeff Nelson 
People Name: Aweer
Country: Somalia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 300
World Population: 10,200
Primary Language: Aweer
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 2.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Khoisan
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:


The Aweer are a remnant hunter-gatherer group living along the Kenyan coast in Lamu District on the mainland. In the last 30 years, the Aweer have faced very difficult times. In 1967, their homeland became a battle field in the war between Kenya and Somalia. In Kenya today, they are a vulnerable group, struggling to survive, in search of a new identity. Traditionally they depend on their elders for leadership and do not normally meet for village discussion. There are some men who have more than one wife, and each wife has her own house in which she lives with her children. The husband does not have his own home but lives with each wife periodically.

Ministry Obstacles

In the past, the Aweer tribe has shown disinterest in following Christ, but recently they have been more open than in the past. Pray for growing interest.

Outreach Ideas

Pray that some Kenyan and Somali Christians will develop a desire to minister to the Aweer tribe, overcoming any tribal hostilities that they may feel. Pray for any funding needs that might stand in the way.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the few Aweer followers of Jesus to be effective in demonstrating how Jesus blesses and heals families and neighborhoods. Pray for these believers of Kenya and Somalia, that they will have teachers sent to help them grow in Christ. Pray they will accurately understand the Gospel of grace, not having it mixed with requirements of works. Pray they will be obedient to follow Christ's teachings and commands, in response to grace.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Aweer people will be given a desire to know Jesus Christ. Pray they will hunger to learn more about this Man, and will desire to follow his ways.

Text Source:   Joshua Project