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The Juba River downstream from Jamame.
The Juba River downstream from Jamame.
Jamame is located in Somalia
Location in Somalia
Coordinates: 00°04′N 042°45′E / 0.067°N 42.750°E / 0.067; 42.750Coordinates: 00°04′N 042°45′E / 0.067°N 42.750°E / 0.067; 42.750
Country Somalia
RegionLower Juba
 • Total129,149
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Jamame (Somali: Jamaame, Arabic: جمامة‎), also spelled Giamame, is a town in the southern Lower Juba (Jubbada Hoose) region of Somalia. There are many farms located near Jamame. [1] The equator passes over the town.


Jamame is situated between the Somali Sea in the east, the agricultural land along the Jubba River in the west, and the port city of Kismayo in the south. It is the center of the Jamame District.

As of 2014 Alshabaab terror group control Jamaame. [2] In June 2018, American Special Forces and Al-Shabaab fighters engaged in a firefight near Jamame, which killed one American soldier.[3]


Jamame had a population of around 129,149 inhabitants according to the UNDP in 2005.[4]

The town is primarily inhabited by Somali with the Bimaal Dir specially well represented and there are also residents from the Bantu ethnic minority group, who live and work as farmers along the Jubba river.[5]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Haji Farah Ali Omar - Minister of Economic Affairs in Somalia's post-independence civilian government


  1. ^ https://horseedmedia.net/2015/08/18/somalia-a-letter-from-jamaame/
  2. ^ http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/147190/al-shabaab-loses-8-somali-towns-since-sept-amisom
  3. ^ Gibbons-Neff, Thomas; Cooper, Helene (June 8, 2018). "1 U.S. Soldier Is Killed and 4 Are Wounded in Somalia Firefight". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 9, 2018.
  4. ^ https://docs.unocha.org/sites/dms/Somalia/UNDP-POP-RURAL-URBAN%202005.pdf
  5. ^ David D. Laitin, Said S. Samatar, Somalia: Nation in Search of a State, (Westview Press: 1987), p. 27.