Bravanese people

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Regions with significant populations
Bravanese, Somali
Related ethnic groups
Somalis, Yemenis, Omanis, Portugal, 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 Somali, Portugal, Yemeni, Omani 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.

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
  • "MAGACYADA XILDHIBAANADA BAARLAMAANKA LA DHAARIYAY OO DHAMEYSTIRAN" [NAMES lawmakers completed POP MUSIC] (in Somali). 20 June 2004. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
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