El Molo


A language of Kenya

Alternate Names
Dehes, Elmolo, Fura-Pawa, Ldes, “Ndorobo” (pej.)

8 (1994 I. Larsen), decreasing. Ethnic population: 2,840 (2009 census).


Marsabit county: Lake Turkana southeast shore, west of Mount Kulal.

Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).


None known. The original language is reportedly similar to Daasanach [dsh].

Language Use

May have no remaining speakers. Some revitalization may be taking place. Most now speak Samburu [saq]. Affiliated with the Samburu. Also use Turkana [tuv].

Other Comments

“Ndorobo” is a pejorative term for several hunter or forest groups that are not linguistically related (El Molo, Yaaku, Okiek, Omotik). Traditional religion.