Rohingya in Bangladesh






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Muslim Rohingya people are from Rakhine State (also known as Arakan), Myanmar, and speak the Rohingya language. Rohingyas and some scholars claim they are indigenous to Rakhine State, while the Burmese claim the Rohingyas are mainly migrants from Bengal. Buddhist people of Rakhine State and Muslim Rohingyas have struggled against each other for many decades and there were riots in 2012. Many Rohingyas have fled to ghettos and refugee camps in Bangladesh and to areas along the border with Thailand. They have been denied citizenship in Myanmar and have been described as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

Ministry Obstacles

No scripture is reported as available in the Rohingya language.

Outreach Ideas

Acts of kindness done in the name of Christ, directed toward the downtrodden Royingya people will be well received.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

None of the Rohingya have reported themselves as Christians to the census of Bangladesh. In fact, a similar thing is true for all other countries of residence. If there are Christian believers they are few in number and desperately in need of our prayers.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for fair treatment of the Royingyas in Myanmar and in other countries where they live. Pray they will be protected from radical and violent Buddhists, and that the government of Myanmar will accept the responsibility to protect and provide for these people. Acknowledging them as citizens would be important.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-18
People Name General Rohingya
People Name in Country Rohingya
Population in Bangladesh 322,000
World Population 1,848,000
Countries 5
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chittagonian, Ruaingga
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Rohingya
Ethnic Code CNN25b
People ID 11359
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chittagong (303,000) Sylhet (19,000)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chittagong (303,000) Sylhet (19,000)

No people group map currently available. Use the above button to submit a map.

Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rohingya (322,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Rohingya 322,000
For Primary Language: Rohingya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
God's Story Video Film / Video
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: digital.democracy   Creative Commons   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

Copyright © 2015 Joshua Project.  A ministry of Frontier Ventures.