Bantu Somali in Canada

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The different Somali Bantu groups are united primarily because of the racial discrimination they face within Somalia. Most Somalis will not intermarry with Somali Bantus, and some will not even eat with them or enter their house. During the civil war in Somalia, Somali Bantus were one of the most vulnerable groups and suffered horribly at the hands of clan militias and criminal gangs. Many have left Somalia for safer lands like the United States and Canada.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The daily stresses of navigating through a new culture while seeking to retain and treasure your heritage make it difficult to become a part of the host community. Many Somalis have found it hard to get work even though some are qualified. Language problems have been one cause. The Canadian government, along with Somali organizations in Canada, are helping young Somalis with work experience, training and other schemes to find work.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Somali Bantu are marginally Sunni Muslim. A few are Roman Catholic. Traditional animistic religion affects their spiritual lives.

What Are Their Needs?

The Somali Bantu desperately need someone to help them until they are ready to stand on their own feet. They need language and job skills. Believers who are able to help them with these needs would be very welcome. They also need acceptance. They have been rejected by Somalis, but they are accepted and loved unconditionally by the Heavenly Father. Who will take them this liberating message?

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Somali Bantu people teachable and understanding hearts. Pray for a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Somali Bantu families into a rich experience of God's blessing. Pray for Somali Bantus to become disciples and make disciples who will make even more disciples.

Scripture Prayers for the Somali Bantu in Canada.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Somali Bantu
People Name in Country Somali Bantu
Natural Name Bantu Somali
Pronunciation BAN-too
Alternate Names Jareer
Population this Country 6,200
Population all Countries 1,080,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 20784
ROP3 Code 103458
ROP25 Code 302778
ROP25 Name Gosha / Somali Bantu
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Toronto   Source:  Global Gates 2021
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Toronto.   Source:  Global Gates 2021
Map of Somali Bantu in Canada
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
0.80 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.20 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Maay (6,200 speakers)
Language Code ymm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Maay (6,200 speakers)
Language Code ymm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Maay

Primary Language:  Maay

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2006-2007)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maay Jesus Film Project
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Photo Source Emmanuel Adiba - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: UPGNorthAmerica. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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