Arem in Laos

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People Name: Arem
Country: Laos
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 800
World Population: 900
Primary Language: Arem
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 1.60 %
Evangelicals: 1.52 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

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 can 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 The Arem language has been replaced by a more general Chut language, which serves as the lingua franca (common speech) among the different Chut groups.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?

The Arem people are noted for living in simple and even primitive dwellings. Some live in shacks or even caves. They are in a long process of improving their housing situation. Their efforts to engage in agriculture have sometimes failed, and they are very poor. That is true for them in both Vietnam and Laos.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Arem and the other Chut tribes, are under-exposed to the gospel in both Laos and 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?

These people are poor by Laotian standards. Christ followers can live among the Arem people and help them with their housing and medical needs.

Prayer Points

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

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