Mushunguli in Somalia

Photo Source:  Masters View / Howard Erickson 
Map Source:  People Group Location from IMB. Other map data / geography from GMI. Map by Joshua Project.
People Name: Mushunguli
Country: Somalia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 33,000
World Population: 33,000
Primary Language: Mushungulu
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 1.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.20 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Bantu, Swahili
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:


The Mushunguli are said to have descended from fugitive slaves who escaped from their Somali masters in northeast Tanzania around 1840. Many migrated to Somalia in search of security from the slave-trade. Mainstream Somalis look down upon them because of their slave origins. Traditionally, the Mushunguli were farmers and they formed a "caste" group of Somali minorities known as the jareer or jirir.

Ministry Obstacles

Somalia is not a hospitable place for Christian outsiders to live and work.

Outreach Ideas

Christians need to minister to the material and physical needs of these poor people, building friendships and trust.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the few Christians among the Mushunguli tribe, that they will find each other, and fellowship together. Pray they will understand well how to know and follow Christ, and will faithfully follow him.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray these people will be able to care for their families, and live in safety and peace.

Text Source:   Joshua Project