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.
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.
* Scripture Prayers for the Rakhine in Bangladesh.
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.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
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|Global Prayer Digest: 2007-08-06|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2009-10-26|
|People Name General||Rakhine|
|People Name in Country||Rakhine|
|Population this Country||19,000|
|Population all Countries||2,737,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Maga; Magh; Maghi; Mash; Mogh; Morma; Mugg; Yakan; Yakine; अरकनेसए|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||29 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||2|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Rakhine (16,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||rki Ethnologue Listing|
|Dialect Code||3256 Global Recordings 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|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio|
|Film / Video||Freedom from Suffering|
|Film / Video||Freedom from Suffering (EngSub)|
|Film / Video||God's Story video|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Rakhine|
|General||Gospel resources links|