Bravanese people

The Bravanese people, also known as the Barawani, are a multiracial confederation of clans inhabiting southern coast of Somalia .

Regions with significant populations
Chimini (a Swahili dialect), Somali
Related ethnic groups
Somalis, Arabians (Yemenis and Omanis in particular), the Benadiri, South Asians, Persians, and the Swahili


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

Barawa is the most diverse place in Somalia and the people of this Banadir coast have been mixing with people from all around the world for hundreds of years. Because of its location and distance from Asia, Middle East, Europe and nearby Islands, Barawa was in good place for people to come and trade while exchanging ideas and other knowledge. The population's members trace their origins to diverse groups, notably Bantu people (particularly Swahili people), Arabian(particularly Yemeni and Omani), South Asian (mainly Indian), and Persian traders and Somalis. Most Bravanese people tend to look physically distinct from the majority of their nation. Their culture, food and music resemble those of other East African Islands and Swahili people.[1][2][3].


The Bravanese speak the Bravanese language (Chimwiini or Chimini), Northern Dialect of Swahili.[4] Many also speak Somali, which is an Afro-Asiatic language either a second or third language.

Representation in Somali Transitional Federal Parliament

Chairman and Political Leader of the Braven Community, The Hon. Bur’i Mohamed Hamza (Somali: Burci Maxamed Xamza, Arabic: البرعي محمد حمزة, died 25 June 2016) was a Somali-Canadian politician. From August 2012 to January 2014, he was a Member of the Federal Parliament of Somalia. He later served as the State Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Somalia from January to October 2014, and subsequently as the State Minister of Finance until December 2014. He was the State Minister of the Premier's Office for Environment at the time of his death.

See also


  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
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