The Dasanaach people in Ethiopia
Imagine a tribe made up of the outcasts and exiles of society. Banding together for survival, you must learn to live with people from other tribes and tongues as you protect yourselves from your neighbouring tribes - the very people who have kicked you out.
The Daasanach people in Ethiopia are bound together not by their common ancestors, but by a common place of residence. The exiles from many groups around their area have banded together to support one another, forming the Daasanach tribe of around 70 thousand people. As a result of this they have a very unique culture that is always open to new immigrants willing to abide by their values.
The Daasanach are known for their hostility and are feared by neighbouring tribes. They tend to be very reluctant to outside technology and resistant to the Gospel.
The Daasanach can be found in Ethiopia, Sudan, and Kenya. Their people were separated as nations began to make clearer borders and tighten immigration laws. While some Daasanach in Kenya has been evangelised, those in Ethiopia are all but forgotten.
The Daasanach practice African Traditional Religions. Because of their tendency to resist outside influence, Christians must be diligent to show Christ’s love and patiently visit the Daasanach often to earn trust.
Economic and social development present key opportunities to reach out to the Daasanach tribe. Demonstrating genuine concern for their welfare will make the Daasanach more open to outsiders. Evangelism and discipleship are essential to reaching these people. Bible translation efforts are underway, thus literacy work is also important. Of the 70 thousand Daasanach, only 15 claim to be followers of Jesus.
- Pray for the completion of the Daasanach Bible translation.
- Pray that Christian materials for oral learners will be produced in the Daasanach language.
- Pray for the discipleship of the 15 Daasanach believers.