Khmer in United Kingdom


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Introduction / History

The Central Khmer are from the western and central portions of Cambodia, and they make up the majority of the country's total population. The Khmer Empire, which flourished between the ninth and thirteenth centuries, encompassed present-day Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and southern Vietnam. Its power declined after being conquered by the Thai and the Vietnamese.

In 1969, Cambodia suffered bombings by the U.S. and invasions by the Vietnamese; events that threw the country into turmoil. In addition, a civil war broke out between the Cambodian government and communist rebels known as the Khmer Rouge. Possibly three million Central Khmer died between 1975 and 1979 when the Khmer Rouge ruled.

Though an astounding number died, some found safety in other parts of the world including the UK.


Where Are they Located?

The few Khmer people in the UK are mostly in London.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Khmer in the UK have been there for decades, but they maintain their culture through groups like the Cambodian Society in the United Kingdom.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The former Khmer Empire was influenced by India, from which it adopted Hinduism and Buddhism. Today, the majority of the Central Khmer are Buddhist, although relics of ethnic religions such as ancestor worship (praying to deceased ancestors) and spirit worship are very important to them.

The Buddhist Khmer also seek the middle path to nirvana, or ultimate peace through gaining merit in this life. Merit may be gained through supporting the construction of Buddhist temples, giving food to monks, and studying in the monastery.


What Are Their Needs?

Although the Bible and other Christian resources are available to the Central Khmer, few of their population have turned to Christ. They remain in need of true, inner peace, that can only come from Jesus Christ. Prayer is the key to reaching them with the gospel.


Prayer Points

Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to the UK and share Christ with the Central Khmer.
Ask God to use new Khmer believers to reach out and share the love of Christ with their own people.
Ask God to call forth prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through intercession.
Pray for a strong disciple making movement among the Khmer people in the UK and France.


Scripture Prayers for the Khmer in United Kingdom.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12662/CB
http://www.casunik.org
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/cambodian-brits-yes-they-do-exist
https://www.quora.com/In-which-EU-countries-are-the-most-Cambodian-people-living
https://www.reddit.com/r/cambodia/comments/2d2hzy/cambodians_in_england/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Central Khmer profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Khmer
People Name in Country Khmer
Pronunciation kuh-MARE
Population this Country 11,000
Population all Countries 15,961,000
Total Countries 13
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Cambodians; Central Khmer; Cu Tho; Cur; Kampuchean; Khmer Krom; Khmer Nam Bo; Khmer, Northern; Kho Me; Khơ-me; Kmer; Ku; Mien; Thai-Khmer; West Cham
People ID 12662
ROP3 Code 104946
Country United Kingdom
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United Kingdom
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
89.80 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.70 %)
3.20 %
Ethnic Religions
4.10 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.80 %
Non-Religious
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.10 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Khmer (11,000 speakers)
Language Code khm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Khmer (11,000 speakers)
Language Code khm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Khmer

Primary Language:  Khmer

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1899-1933)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1929-1993)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Khmer Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
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