Kaman in Myanmar (Burma)

The Kaman have only been reported in Myanmar (Burma)
Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Kaman are a minority Muslim people in Myanmar. The government has recognized the Kaman as one of the country’s 135 ethnic groups and have given citizenship rights to the Kaman. Before 2012, the largest concentration dwelled in Rakhine’s coastal areas in Thandwe, Ramree and Kyauk Phyu.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Militant Burmese Buddhists have stirred up conflict between Buddhists and Muslim peoples like the Kamans. As a result, Kaman citizenship rights have been withheld. The government stopped distributing citizenship cards to the Kaman and moved them into camps for internally displaced peoples alongside the Rohingya. When violence broke out in 2012 between the Rohingya and Buddhists close to the border with Bangladesh, the Kaman received the same ill treatment as other Muslim groups. Their homes were burned, and their businesses looted. Since 2012, many Kaman families have migrated to Yangon to avoid communal violence. But conditions in Yangon aren’t much better for the Kaman; the government seized their homeland for small compensation and moved them to the city without providing them homes or employment.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kaman converted to Islam over six centuries ago, but they share the customs and cultures of Buddhist Rakhines. They believe that Allah is the supreme God of the universe, but in a day-by-day basis, they depend on spiritual forces.

What Are Their Needs?

As an oppressed minority, the Kaman need help from stronger people who will insist they receive fair and humane treatment.

Prayer Points

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

* Pray that the Church will gain entry to minister within IDP camps and stand alongside the Kaman in their time of need. * Pray that the stress of living in IDP camps and of being in a new city will cause the Kaman to seek spiritual answers in Christ. * Pray that God's Spirit will use these situations to bring about a people movement to Christ.


Rights Group Details ‘Squalid and Abusive’ Conditions in Myanmar Camps Wikipedia https://www.myanmar-now.org/en/news/myanmars-kaman-muslims-look-to-elections-to-restore-their-rights https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/myanmars-kaman-muslims-face-no-option-but-relocation/807343 https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/citizenship-in-myanmar/myanmars-other-muslims-the-case-of-the-kaman/7A8DCD66CE33DCC20D8CACA36317B903 https://www.frontiermyanmar.net/en/the-kaman-citizens-who-suffer/

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kaman
People Name in Country Kaman
Pronunciation kuh-MAHN
Population this Country 5,100
Population all Countries 5,100
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Kamein
People ID 21644
ROP3 Code 118424
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 Rakhine State   Source:  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamein
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 Rakhine State.   Source:  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamein
Primary Language Rakhine (5,100 speakers)
Language Code rki   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Rakhine (5,100 speakers)
Language Code rki   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Rakhine

Primary Language:  Rakhine

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1914)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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 Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
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 (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Jörg Peter - Pixabay  Creative Commons 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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