Garo in Bangladesh





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Among the Garos in Bangladesh, six language varieties are spoken: A'tong, Abeng, Brak, Chibok, Dual, and Megam. Together these are all called the Mandi language.

Where Are they Located?

Within Bangladesh mostly the Garos are living in the northern area of Dhaka and Sylhet divisions along the Indian border. Some Garos are living in Modhupur area of Tangail district and some are living in Mallikbari, Bhaluka of Mymensingh district and in Kewachala, Shripur of Gajipur district.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Garos are poor. Their main occupation is farming, and many of them farm as day laborers. Known for their integrity and hard-working spirit, Garos are also commonly employed by NGOs. Some also work in government offices, medical centers, and schools. About 80% of them are at least somewhat literate, and the number of Garos attaining higher education is increasing day by day.

Many Garos are living in very simple houses made of bamboo, straw, and mud. Some of them have brick-wall and tin-roof houses. Most Garo villages are neat and clean.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all the Garos are Christian. They have the complete Bible in the Achik language written in Roman script published by the Bible Society of India. The Bangladesh Bible Society also published a New Testament in Bangla script using the Abeng dialect, which is spoken as a language of wider communication among Garos in Bangladesh.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Garo
People Name in Country Garo
Population in Bangladesh 141,000
World Population 1,289,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Achik, Garrow, Mande, Mandi
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Garo-Tripuri
People Name General Garo
Ethnic Code MSY50d
People ID 11826
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mymensingh plains..   Source:
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaka (74,000) Sylhet (56,000) Rangpur (11,000) Chittagong (600)
Rajshahi (200) Barisal (100) Khulna (20)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaka (74,000) Sylhet (56,000)
Rangpur (11,000) Chittagong (600)
Rajshahi (200) Barisal (100)
Khulna (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Garo (112,000) Megam (8,000) Bengali (3,500) War-Jaintia (1,100)
Sylheti (500) Bishnupriya (200) Chittagonian (60) Assamese
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Garo 112,000 Megam 8,000
Bengali 3,500 War-Jaintia 1,100
Sylheti 500 Bishnupriya 200
Chittagonian 60 Assamese 10
For Primary Language: Garo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1887-2003)
New Testament Yes   (1894-1987)
Complete Bible Yes   (1924-1994)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Garo Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Other / Small

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 15.00 %)
40.28 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
59.72 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Gerald Roberts  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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