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.
In Myanmar, the Rakhine people are fishermen and agriculturalists. Those who have fled to Bangladesh often live in refugee camps.
The devout, animistic and Buddhist traditions of this people have made them unreceptive to the gospel in the past.
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.
The Rakhine people in Bangladesh need a safe place to live and raise their families. Their numbers are small in that Muslim country.
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.
Scripture Prayers for the Rakhine in Bangladesh.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Rakhine|
|People Name in Country||Rakhine|
|Alternate Names||Maga; Magh; Maghi; Mash; Mogh; Morma; Mugg; Yakan; Yakine; अरकनेसए|
|Population this Country||20,000|
|Population all Countries||2,600,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||2 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|ROP25 Name||Rakhine, Arakanese|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||30 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||2|
|Primary Language||Rakhine (16,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||rki Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Rakhine
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|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 Rakhine||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|