Reer Okera trace their origin to South Asia, South Asians have been residing in Mogadishu for the last century or so, they came in as traders and settled as residents. Their distinguished features and culture from the locals at that time confederated them to have their own clan – Reer Okera is one of the main family clans of the Asians, amongst many others.
They live together in a small region called Hamarweyn, they have their own little area described by the locals as Xafaadaha Hinidga (Area belonging to the Asians), this is where they have their main mosque, Masajidka Ithna Ashar (Twelver Mosque).
Their population is unknown today since they left in large numbers due to the civil wars in 1990. Their buildings and mosques are still present today, legally bought by banadiris. Trade between Asians and Banadiris can date back to centuries times, the photo below is of an Indian Muslim in Mogadishu post colonial time