Somali in Ethiopia

Unreached of the Day  8/16/2021

Somali in Ethiopia

The Somalis scatter their population across the Horn of Africa, but many live in Ethiopia. In this neighboring country, they mostly live in the SRS (Somali Regional State), which borders their homeland. However, deep grievances over uncounted atrocities that continue between Ethiopians and Somalis remain embedded in their culture. The SRS contrasts greatly from other Ethiopian states in its different language, segregated social system and justice efforts.

Ministry Obstacles

Christianity can be associated with Ethiopia, where Orthodox Christianity is the dominant religion. At times, Ethiopian Somalis have suffered human rights abuses by Ethiopian forces, so they have resisted Christian teaching.

Outreach Ideas

Being that the entire Bible and many Christian resources have been translated into Somali, experts in reconciliation and a deep understanding of East African issues can introduce Christian thought and strategies for forgiveness and healing.

Scripture Focus

"And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed."  Daniel 7:14

Scripture Prayer

Pray that many from today’s people group will understand and respond to the fact that Jesus Christ has an eternal kingdom. Pray for them to worship their eternal King of kings!

Prayer Focus

A mere handful of Christian Somalis live in the SRS. Pray that they would allow Christ to show his forgiveness for oppressors through them, and that they would lead a movement for him in the SRS and beyond. Pray for loving and culturally sensitive workers to be thrust out to the Somalis. Pray for spiritual openness that would lead to a Disciple Making Movement for Somalis in Ethiopia and Somalia.



People Name Somali
Pronunciationsoh-MAH-lee
Country Ethiopia
10/40 Window Yes
Population 7,464,000
World Population 24,095,200
Language Somali
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT Yes
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image