Introduction / History
Falam is one of the cities in Burma, located within the township of Falam. Falam was the capital city of Chin State until it was moved to Haka. Within the township of Falam there are about many sub-groups: Zahau, Zanniat, Ngawn, Sim, Laizo, Tlaisun, Hualngo, Tapong, Hlawnceu, etc. A heart-shaped lake called Rih lake located near the border of India is also one of the largest lakes in Chin state. Many of the clans in Falam Township were very dominant until English colonization. (E.g. Zahau, Tlaisun). Each clan has their own unique language, but today everyone in Falam township can speak the Falam Chin language, a language that is spoken primarily in Falam City. The language is most similar to Zahau, Tlaisun, and Laizo dialects. Due to the American missionaries, the vast majority of Falam people converted to Christianity. Because of their ethnicity and their religion, Falam people are discriminated against greatly by the Burmese military government.
Where are they located?
They are located in Chin State, in the western part of Myanmar. It borders India.
What are their lives like?
Falam people live relatively quiet and normal lives. Crimes are very few and children can go as they please without harm. The people usually leave their doors unlocked as robbery is unheard of.
However, after the occupation of the Burmese soldiers in Falam city, there have been many cases of rape and torture. Many of the townspeople are also required to do forced labor, so the younger generation is fleeing from Burma.
What are their beliefs?
The great majority of the population consider themselves to be Christians. The majority of Falam people are Baptists.
What are their needs?
They need clean water, enough food, and healthcare. They also need to be strong in the Lord so that they can become good Christians.
* Pray for the government to change and to have freedom of religion inside Burma.
Text source: Anonymous