Orma people

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Orma village in Tana River County, Kenya

The Orma people are a community found in eastern Kenya belonging to the Oromo ethnic group, mostly along the lower Tana River.[1] They are semi-nomadic shepherds, and they live in the southeastern deserts of Kenya except during the rainy season, when they move their herds inland.

The Orma people have an estimated population of about 79,000 people (2015). They are related to the Borana Oromo people to the north[1] and speak the Orma language, a variety of Oromo. They trace their roots from Ethiopia.

Orma people are mainly Muslims. One can easily confuse them with Somalis. And like other pastoralists communities,Orma people have no personal land ownership. Their land is community owned.

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  1. ^ a b Shingledecker, Ken (1982). Unreached Peoples of Kenya Project: Tana River report (Pokomo, Orma, Malakote, Korokoro). Daystar Communications. p. 17.

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