Akha in Myanmar (Burma)

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

In some villages workers have not been able to enter because of numerous dangers, and military battles. A few villages had been burnt down, but God opened the way for a team to reach six villages. They preached the Word of God from house to house with permission granted by the chiefs of the villages. Bible studies were held at night and outreaches during the day. There are many Akha, Lahu and Shan peoples not yet reached and there are no workers!

One of the Akha villages is home to 43 people. All of them are drug addicts except one family. The villagers (including women, men and sons and daughters) smoke opium. By God's grace, 16 Akha drug addicts confessed Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

"We never heard the Good News of Jesus. No one tells us about Jesus," said one Akha woman with tears in her eyes. We preached the whole night. Some drug addicts brought their opium. They smoked the opium and became drunk!

Where Are they Located?

There are hundreds of unreached Akha villages in the Golden Triangle. There are more than 1.5 million Akhas in Myanmar. The Akhas speak the language of Tibeto-Burman that is closely similar to the Lahu and Lisu tribes language. The Akhas usually do not stay in one village for long. They will move from one place to another and they prefer the hilly mountain sides. The distance between the villages may be three or four days on foot.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Swine and poultry are the most important livestock of the Akhas. Dogs are used for hunting but they also like to eat them.

The Akhas mostly get married around 12 or 14 years old and they live in extended family units averaged about 10 people in each family. An Akha man can take more than three wives.

What Are Their Needs?

The depravity of man, the culture and the illiteracy cry out for the transforming power of Christ. Would you please pray for the salvation of the Akhas?

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Akha in Myanmar (Burma).

1. Pray for the salvation of the Akhas and the unreached peoples of the Golden Triangle in Myanmar.
2. Pray for the salvation of the chiefs in the Akha villages.
3. Pray for the Akha children in the Akha region. Most of the Akha children are not in school since there are no schools, no roads and no medical facilities. The children are addicted to drugs. Pray for deliverance from their addiction.
4. Pray for protection of all the laborers of Christ.
5. Pray for provision of workers and resources.
6. Pray for peace in the country.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Akha
People Name in Country Akha
Pronunciation AH-kah
Population this Country 221,000
Population all Countries 682,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Ada; Ahka; Aini; Aka; Ak'a; Ekaw; Guoke; Hà Nhì; Ikaw; Ikho; Ikor; Jeu-g'oe; Kaw; Khako; Ko; Ko Phen; Lou Ma; Yani
People ID 10223
ROP3 Code 100185
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 12  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Shan State, east Kengtung district.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 12  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Shan State, east Kengtung district..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Akha (221,000 speakers)
Language Code ahk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Akha (221,000 speakers)
Language Code ahk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Akha

Primary Language:  Akha

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1939-1991)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1968-1987)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2001-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Akha
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Akha
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
35.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 12.00 %)
16.00 %
Ethnic Religions
49.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
3.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
87.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Photo Source Frank Starmer - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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