Akha, Botche in Laos

Joshua Project has identified the Akha, Botche only in Laos






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Approximately 500 people belonging to the Botche Akha group inhabit several villages within northern Laos. They live on the border between Sing and Long districts in Luang Namtha Province.

We have profiled 12 different Akha tribes/groups in this book. These groups, although all linguistically related, view themselves as distinct entities because they arrived in Laos at different stages and from different locations in China and Myanmar. According to the French anthropologist Laurent Chazee, these different groups ".are communities with an ethno-linguistic situation.judged by itself so different from the other groups that this community wish to live separated by village or by quarter in the village." Chazee goes on to say, "The Akha are one ethnic group but culturally they are diverse and divide into a minimum of 14 ethnic groups."

In addition to the small number of Botche Akha in Laos, other members of this ethnic group are located in Yunnan Province, China, and possibly in Myanmar.

The Akha originated in southern China. In the 1800's, under pressure from Han Chinese settlers who were taking their land, many decided to migrate into northern Burma (now Myanmar), in search of their own land and a peaceful existence. Others entered Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. Because of their history as hunters, the Akha knew little about agriculture and have struggled to eek out very difficult lives. They are known as the poorest of the poor.

Today more than 600,000 Akha are scattered throughout Southeast Asia.

The Botche Akha are an unreached people group. There are no known Christians in their midst. Today there are many Akha believers in Myanmar and Thailand, but the Gospel has not spread easily to their compatriots in Laos or China. Sources say there are only a few known Akha believers among any of the groups in Laos.

The Akha New Testament exist. Few or none of the Akha in Laos, however, are able to read the Roman script. Literacy programs would need to be first implemented.

Prayer Points

* Pray that obstacles to them hearing the Gospel will be removed.
* Ask God to raise up laborers to plant churches among the Botche Akha.
* Pray the Akha Christians in Myanmar and Thailand would share the Gospel with the Akha in Laos.

Profile Source:   Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Akha, Botche
People Name in Country Akha, Botche
Population in Laos 0
World Population Unknown
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Akha, Bothche
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Hani
People Name General Akha, Botche
Ethnic Code MSY50i
People ID 16127
Country Laos
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Luang Namtha province, Sing and Long districts.   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown

For Main Lanugage: Akha

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1939-1991)
New Testament Yes   (1968-1987)
Complete Bible Yes   (2001)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Akha Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
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: Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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