The name Malakote (meaning slave) was given to this people group by the Somalis. The Somalis introduced them to Islam and made them slaves. The people today prefer to be called Ilwana (meaning free men) closely related to the Kiswahili word muunguana translated by Krapf and Cust (1882) to be "a free man". A Christian community among the Ilwana has provided refuge to Muslim Background Believers and other Christians when fighting breaks out and persecution is intense.
They live along the Tana River
Their livilihood is based on farming, fishing and bee-keeping.
They practice Islam mixed with animism and witchcraft. Evangelism efforts have met opposition.
* Scripture Prayers for the Ilwana in Kenya.
|Profile Source: Worker in Kenya, Pray for Kenya brochure|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2012-01-31|
|People Name General||Ilwana|
|People Name in Country||Ilwana|
|Population this Country||23,000|
|Population all Countries||23,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Malakote; Waliwana|
|Region||Africa, East and Southern|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Garissa and Tana River counties: Tana River north of Pokomo, between Bura and Garissa. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.02 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|