“Dahalo” is a language spoken by an ethnic group of Kenya. But in Madagascar, “Dahalo” means thieves

During the last three months, the Daholo(armed and organized groups of thieves)carried out violent attacks in the rural areas of Madagascar. They are threatening and attacking many villages in the southern part of Madagascar.During their attacks,they kill many persons and security forces. Some local sources say that the”dahalo” groups provide assault rifles and ammunition to all their members and  carry their guns openly.
But this morning, I saw on the internet that the word “dahalo” has a different meaning in Kenya. Dahalo is a lunguage spoken by a group of persons(named dahalo)in Kenya.  In fact,according to wikipedia, Dahalo is an endangered South Cushitic language spoken by at most 400 Dahalo people on the coast of Kenya, near the mouth of the Tana River. The Dahalo tribe has diminished almost to extinction, with its people living among the Swahili and other coastal tribes, but with no real communities or territory of their own. The language of the Dahalo is very unusual, and has clicking sounds seldom seen in spoken languages. Only around 400 people are still able to speak it, and it is unlikely that children are still being taught the Dahalo language of this Kenya tribe. According to Kenyabook  the Dahalo tribe has diminished almost to extinction, with its people living among the Swahili and other coastal tribes, but with no real communities or territory of their own.


Dahalo Tribe

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