Madhiban in Kenya

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People Name: Madhiban
Country: Kenya
10/40 Window: No
Population: 2,700
World Population: 11,100
Primary Language: Somali
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Khoisan
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

At one time the Midgan people were hunters and gatherers. Some performed circumcisions for other Somali people, which was considered an unclean profession. Though the Somalis are an ethnically cohesive group, they have castes which divide them. The Midgans are among the least prestigious castes among Somali people, both in Somalia and Kenya.

Where Are they Located?

There are only a couple thousand Midgan people, but they live either in Somalia or Kenya. There might be some in Ethiopia as well.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Today the Midgan people are artisans who perform the lowliest of jobs—smiths, barbers, leather-workers, street-sweepers, and janitors. Traditionally, they have been forbidden from owning land and livestock, and even today they cannot participate in local business or politics. Their lines of work are considered very dirty, so they are also considered a unclean people. Rape by other Somali clans is a common occurrence, and it usually goes unpunished. In addition, Midgan children do not go to school because they cannot afford fees and are at risk of mistreatment by other children. They have been given the pejorative name of Madhiban.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Surprisingly, the Midgan people in Somalia adhere to their tribal religion, while those in Kenya have converted to Islam.

What Are Their Needs?

The Midgan people in Kenya need the opportunity to learn new trades and skills so they can get out of their low position.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Midgan people to be given the chance to encounter the Savior who loves and accepts all who come to Him.
Pray for spiritual discernment and the ability to understand that Jesus Christ offers them the chance to become part of His high kingdom.
Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to emerge among the Midgan people both in Kenya and in Somalia.

Text Source:   Keith Carey