Bajuni in Somalia


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Introduction / History

The Bajuni are a mixture of Bantu (African), Somali, and Arabs, but they still consider themselves a distinct culture group. Not only did Arab traders intermarry with the African population, but they also brought their Muslim religion to the Bajuni people. These island people were mostly sailors, fishermen or farmers. Their heart language is Kibajuni.


Where Are they Located?

Their original homeland was Kismayo Island. Kismayo means "top of the well." Bajuni Somalis now live on the Bajuni Islands and nearby coastal areas of both Somalia and Kenya.


What Are Their Lives Like?

These are hard times for the Bajuni Somalis. Though they are Somali citizens, some have been driven out of their island home, often because of inter-tribal hostilities, or by the militant group, Al-Shabaab. Some have gone through the UK seeking asylum either there are in Kenya and Tanzania.

The ones that remain on the Bajuni Islands live in fear of being persecuted or deported. Unlike others in Somalia, the Bajuni do not have strong clans to protect their interests. They are also singled out because they are partly Subsharan African instead of "pure" Somalis.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bajuni follow the laws of Islam to conduct their affairs. Praying and washing five times a day is part of their daily routine. All their children attend Muslim schools where the Koran is diligently studied, and women are traditionally veiled and live very secluded lives. Their social and religious lives revolve around the mosque. There are only a few known followers of Christ among them.


What Are Their Needs?

Water, clean fresh water, is essential for life and health, and much of the world is deprived of it. We have heard the saying, "Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink." This is the case for the Bajuni people who live on tiny Lamu Island along Kenya's coast. Much of their water for drinking and cooking has to be imported.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bajuni in Somalia.

* Pray that God will soften the hearts of the Bajuni through the worship and intercession of prayer teams.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will make them receptive to the gospel and open their hearts towards God's children.
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to the Bajuni Somalis in Kenya and Somalia to help improve their living and spiritual conditions.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement among the Bajuni Somalis in Somalia.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Bajuni-People/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bajuni_people
https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/wd4d94/the-bajuni-somalis-are-being-deported-to-countries-that-arent-their-homes
http://www.refworld.org/docid/4b029f96f.html
https://www.journeykenya.com/bajuni-people/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-01-26
People Name General Bajuni
People Name in Country Bajuni
World Population 222,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bajun; Bajun Shirazi; Shirazi
People ID 10586
ROP3 Code 100807
Country Somalia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 3  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Primarily on Bajuni Islands in the Indian Ocean   Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bajuni_people
Country Somalia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 3  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Primarily on Bajuni Islands in the Indian Ocean.   Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bajuni_people

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Primary Language Swahili (11,000 speakers)
Language Code swh   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Bajuni
Dialect Code 16976   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Swahili (11,000 speakers)
Language Code swh   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Bajuni
Dialect Code 16976   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Swahili

Primary Language:  Swahili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1868-1968)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1879-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1890-2017)
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 Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Interconfessional (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Swahili
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video Walk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Swahili Union Version
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 Dulaneyj65`  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more