Connect Junior is Africa Inland Mission’s new quarterly prayer magazine for children aged 8-14. This page includes accompanying resources for issue six, which featured Kenya and the Digo people.
The Digo live in East Africa. Their villages are on the south coast of Kenya between a city called Mombasa and the border with Tanzania. As well as farming and fishing they trade goods with neighbouring people groups. They also grow sesame, corn, rice, and beans. ‘Palm wine’ is a popular drink produced from the palm tree.
Most Digo people follow a religion called Islam. They also add on traditional and occult practices, such as ancestor worship. Blood sacrifices are very significant to the Digo. They sacrifice animals as part of their rituals for getting rid of evil spirits. Witchdoctors are also consulted regularly. Although they call themselves Muslims, most Digo people actually only have a basic knowledge of Islam’s ideas. Despite this, many Digo women wear a black Islamic veil to show respect for their husbands.