Garo (A-chik Mande) in Bangladesh


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Subgroups: 5

Subgroup Name Population
Am-beng 34,000
Migam 16,000
Ruga 4,500
Atang 3,900
Ganching 3,900

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.


Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Garo (A-chik Mande) in Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Garo (A-chik Mande)
People Name in Country Garo (A-chik Mande)
Alternate Names Achik; Garrow; Mande; Mandi; गरो
Population this Country 99,000
Population all Countries 1,416,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 11826
ROP3 Code 103233
ROP25 Code 302587
ROP25 Name Garo (Mande, Achik)
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mymensingh plains.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Dhaka
90,000
Sylhet
5,000
Rangpur
800
Chittagong
800
Rajshahi
500
Khulna
100
Barisal
60
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mymensingh plains..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 7
  Dhaka 90,000
  Sylhet 5,000
  Rangpur 800
  Chittagong 800
  Rajshahi 500
  Khulna 100
  Barisal 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
98.76 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.37 %
Islam
0.55 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.32 %
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Garo (78,000 speakers)
Language Code grt   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Megam
17,000
Bengali
4,600
Sylheti
200
Chittagonian
70
Primary Language Garo (78,000 speakers)
Language Code grt   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Megam 17,000
  Bengali 4,600
  Sylheti 200
  Chittagonian 70
People Groups Speaking Garo
Photo Source Ramesh Lalwani - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Anonymous 
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