Arem in Laos


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Introduction / History

The Arem are part of the official Chut minority group. The Chut, who are a collection of between four and seven different tribes, are known as the most underdeveloped people in Laos and Vietnam. The name Chut is a generic term which simply means mountain or rocky-cliff. Each group lives in a separate area defined by agreed-upon markers such as trees, rivers and streams. The members of one tribe are careful not to encroach onto the territory of their neighbors for fear of provoking war.

The Arem have their own distinct language, which is part of the Viet-Muong branch of the Mon-Khmer language family. The use of Arem is dwindling, however, and today there are only about 20 elderly people left who are able to speak it fluently. The Arem language has been replaced by a more general Chut language, which serves as the lingua franca (common speech) among the different Chut groups.

Arem people live in the Bouarapha District of Khammouan Province in eastern Laos. They live in an extremely remote area directly along the Laos-Vietnam border. One source places their location at both sides of the Vietnam-Laos border, west of Phuc Trac.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Only recently did the Arem in Vietnam start to live in houses. In the past they preferred to move around deep within the forests, dwelling in caves, trees, or temporary shacks. The Ruc and Arem were the last groups to start building houses in the 1960s.

According to a Vietnamese government report on the Chut, however, they may be heading back to their former lifestyles: "Their population numbers are falling alarmingly, and their agriculture is on the point of disappearing. Certain members of their group are returning to live in caves. Their misery is at such a point that often a young man has nothing but a blunt knife to offer his in-law's family at his wedding."


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Arem and the other Chut tribes, are under-exposed to the gospel in both Laos or Vietnam. Instead of relying on the power and love of the Lord, they look to the spirit world to provide them with their daily needs. There are a small number of Arem believers, but they need to be discipled and sent to reach out to others.


What Are Their Needs?

Like other Chut tribes, the Arem people need to put their trust in Jesus Christ. They need his ambassadors to live among them, spreading the fragrance of Christ to every Arem village.


Prayer Points

Pray the Arem would soon have access to the gospel and would be open to knowing Jesus Christ.

Ask God to send workers to the Arem.

Pray the Arem would be reached in a powerful manner so that people would know only God could do such a work.


Scripture Prayers for the Arem in Laos.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arem
People Name in Country Arem
Population this Country 800
Population all Countries 900
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Chứt
People ID 10419
ROP3 Code 100487
Country Laos
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Khammouan province: upper reaches of the Nrong (Nam Noy) river, both sides of the Viet Nam-Laos border, west of Phuc Trach.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Laos
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Khammouan province: upper reaches of the Nrong (Nam Noy) river, both sides of the Viet Nam-Laos border, west of Phuc Trach..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Arem (800 speakers)
Language Code aem   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arem (800 speakers)
Language Code aem   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arem

Primary Language:  Arem

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.52 %)
1.60 %
Ethnic Religions
98.40 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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