Rakhine in Bangladesh


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

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Introduction / History

The Rakhine people speak a nonstandard variety of Burmese. They live throughout Rakhine State, Myanmar, mainly in the townships of Sittwe, Ponnagyun, Kyauktaw, Mrauk Oo, Kyauk Phyu, Man Aung, Taunggup, and Thandwe. Many other minority people living in Rakhine State and nearby Paletwa Township (Chin State) can also speak Rakhine as their second language. Because of persecution from the Myanmar government, many Rakine people now live as refugees in neighboring Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In Myanmar, the Rakhine people are fishermen and agriculturalists. Those who have fled to Bangladesh often live in refugee camps.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all of the Rakhine people are staunch Buddhists. There is some among them by local evangelists and missionaries from other people groups within Myanmar. Those in Bangladesh are nearly untouched by a gospel presence.


What Are Their Needs?

The Rakhine people in Bangladesh need a safe place to live and raise their families. Their numbers are small in that Muslim country.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Rakhine people in Bangladesh will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings. Pray for workers who are driven by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them. Pray for a movement to Christ among them to begin this decade.


Scripture Prayers for the Rakhine in Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  
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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-08-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-10-26
People Name General Rakhine
People Name in Country Rakhine
Pronunciation ruh-KINE
Population this Country 19,000
Population all Countries 2,706,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Maga; Magh; Maghi; Mash; Mogh; Morma; Mugg; Yakan; Yakine; अरकनेसए
People ID 13207
ROP3 Code 106013
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Chittagong
16,000
Barisal
2,700
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Chittagong 16,000
  Barisal 2,700
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Rakhine (16,000 speakers)
Language Code rki   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Arakan
Dialect Code 3256   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Chittagonian
3,500
Bengali
500
Primary Language Rakhine (16,000 speakers)
Language Code rki   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Arakan
Dialect Code 3256   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Chittagonian 3,500
  Bengali 500
People Groups Speaking Rakhine

Primary Language:  Rakhine

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1914)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Freedom from Suffering
Film / Video Freedom from Suffering (EngSub)
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Rakhine
General Bible for Children
General Gospel resources links
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
100.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more