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Garreh-Ajuran Tribe


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Facts About The Garreh-Ajuran tribe

Population 128,000 (1994 I. Larsen BTL). Population includes 96,000 Garreh, 32,000 Ajuran.
Region Mandera and Wajir districts, North Eastern Province .
Dialects Garreh (Gurreh, Garre, Gari), Ajuran (Ajuuraan, Ujuuraan). Part of a dialect cluster. Lexical similarity 85% with Boran.
Classification Afro-Asiatic, Cushitic, East, Oromo
Language use The Ajuran in Kenya speak Somali as second language. Swahili is also used, and some can also speak the Garre of Somalia, which their ancestors spoke. In Somalia (not Kenya), the Ajuran ethnic group speak a variety of Common Somali as first language, and the Garre ethnic group apparently speak a language related to Somali.
Language development Literacy rate in second language: 2%.
Comments Seminomadic. Pastoralists. Muslim, Christian.


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