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The Madhiban (Somali: Madhibaan), also known as the Midgaan (an appellation which is sometimes used pejoratively[1]), is a Somali clan.

Its members are principally concentrated in northern Somalia, numbering only around 9,000 individuals (1960's estimate).

The Madhiban trace descent from a patriarch named Musa Deriyeh. They were traditionally hunters, but now engage in occupational activities such asleather work (shoemaking).

Because of their farmer-craftsmen history, which some Somalis consider to be lower caste occupations, they are sometimes viewed as being of a lowercaste or class.

The Madhiban also face considerable sectarian violence within Somalia, particularly as a result of the Somali Civil War and associated hardships.

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