Birjia in Bangladesh






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

"Oh, this hand of mine!" said the young Birjia woman. She went on to explain in a matter of fact way, tenderly lifting her limply hanging left hand with the right one: "Last year I met with an accident and broke this hand. I don’t have enough money to go to the town hospital. Initially there was pain, but now, not much, and I got used to working with one hand. You see, as well as that my husband passed away a few months ago, and I’m earning for the whole family." This Birjia woman, not in a position to afford medical treatment for her broken hand, had managed to live with it!

Where Are they Located?

Birjia, or Birgia, people are also known as the Bijori. They number about 5,500 and live mainly in Jharkahand, and some parts of Chhattisgarh. They basically live in the interior of the forests and do not have proper access to the outside world; as a result they lack education and proper medical facilities. Their forest territory is inhabited by a lot of wild animals. The wild animals constantly pose a threat to their crops and their lives.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Despite such a small population of Birjia, there are about 1000 Christians, the reason being their receptivity to the Gospel message. There are more than 10 churches, which include house churches. It is good to see some Birjia Christians working as pastors, reaching their own people with the Good News. There are also some cross-cultural evangelists. The people are very positive towards any Christian activity. One Birjia Christian is very interested in translating God’s Word into his mother tongue. These people are in need of education, medical help and community development. A strong Birjia Christian community would be established only if God’s Word is given to them in the language they can best understand - Birjia.

What Are Their Needs?

Birjia people are economically very poor; most of them still depend on forest products for their livelihood now. They are short-statured and not very healthy, due to malnutrition. The literacy rate is also very low among them. However the people are very good-natured, and are happy to see outsiders. They warmly welcome even a stranger, and offer to help in every possible way.

Prayer Points

* The often neglected Birjia people to be given benefits from the government.
* Christian workers to go as educationalists, medical workers, Bible translators and literacy workers.
* The growing number of Birjia Christians to be rooted in God’s Word.

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Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Birjia
People Name in Country Birjia
Population in Bangladesh 300
World Population 16,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Birjia
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16463
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:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sylhet (300)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sylhet (300)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sylheti (200) Bengali (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Sylheti 200 Bengali 20
For Primary Language: Sylheti

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1993)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Sylheti Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
96.00 %
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 %
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