Aweer in Somalia

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Aweer people are an ethnic group inhabiting the Coastal Province in southeastern Kenya and southern Somalia. They are historically known as Boni or Sanye, derogatory terms for low-status groups. There are so few of them that their language is threatened with extinction.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Aweer in Kenya and Somalia are indigenous foragers, traditionally subsisting on hunting, gathering and collecting honey. They also continue to engage in many of their traditional hunter-gatherer practices, utilizing the nearby forests for the collection of wild honey, plants for traditional medicine and building materials. They sometimes have bush meat to supplement their diet. Some men have more than one wife. 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.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Aweer people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will. Like most Muslims, the Aweer people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.

What Are Their Needs?

The Aweer people don’t yet know there is a sovereign and holy God who can take care of their spiritual and physical needs. As it stands, they depend on charms and other objects to protect them.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to demonstrate his love and power by providing for Aweer families.
Pray for the Lord to give the Aweer people a sense of spiritual need.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to the Aweer people in Somalia.
Pray for Aweer disciple to make more disciples.

Scripture Prayers for the Aweer in Somalia.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Aweer
People Name in Country Aweer
Alternate Names Boni
Population this Country 400
Population all Countries 21,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 10942
ROP3 Code 101604
ROP25 Code 300594
ROP25 Name Aweer
Country Somalia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 2  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Somalia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 2  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
28.00 %
0.00 %
70.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Aweer (400 speakers)
Language Code bob   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Aweer (400 speakers)
Language Code bob   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Aweer

Primary Language:  Aweer

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2014)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Photo Source Jeff Nelson 
Map Source Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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