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Rakhine in Bangladesh


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
20,000 Rakhine Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Rakhine in Bangladesh

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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.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2007-08-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-10-26
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Country: Bangladesh
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:30 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:20,000
Largest Provinces:
Chittagong (16,000)Barisal (2,700)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Rakhine
People Name General: Rakhine
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 106013
Joshua Project People ID: 13207
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 20,000
Population all Countries: 2,600,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Burmese
People Name General: Rakhine
Ethnic Code: MSY50b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Rakhine (16,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): rki    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Arakan
Dialect Code:3256
Secondary Languages:
Chittagonian (3,500)Bengali (500)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism100.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1914
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Rakhine
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Rakhine in Bangladesh

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People Cluster
    Burmese     Asia, South    
      Rakhine Bangladesh    
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