Bravanese people

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Regions with significant populations
Bravanese and Somali
Related ethnic groups
Yemenis, Omanis, Somalis, Persians, Bajunis

The Bravanese people, also known as the Barawani, are a group inhabiting Somalia.


As their name suggests, the Bravanese hail from Brava (Barawa), a port town on the southeastern coast of Somalia.

The population's members trace their origins to diverse groups, notably Yemeni, Omani, Somali and Persian migrants.[1][2] Some families also have ancestry from the coastal Bantu (from whom the Chimwiini language was adopted) and the Eyle Khoisanoid hunter-gather ethnic minorities of southern Somalia.[3]


The Bravanese speak the Bravanese language (Chimwiini), a variant of the Bantu Swahili language.[4]

Many also speak Somali, which is an Afro-Asiatic language either as a first or second language.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gregory Norton, Flyktningeråd (Norway). Land, property, and housing in Somalia. Norwegian Refugee Council. p. 52. 
  2. ^ Kaplan, Irving. Area Handbook for Somalia, Volume 550. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 71. 
  3. ^ Abdullahi, p.11.
  4. ^ Ethnologue report for Somalia