Rohingya in Bangladesh

Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Rohingya
Country: Bangladesh
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 888,000
World Population: 2,075,400
Primary Language: Rohingya
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.11 %
Evangelicals: 0.11 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


The Muslim Rohingya people are from Rakhine State (also known as Arakan), Myanmar, and speak the Rohingya language. Rohingyas and some scholars claim they are indigenous to Rakhine State, while the Burmese claim the Rohingyas are mainly migrants from Bengal. Buddhist people of Rakhine State and Muslim Rohingyas have struggled against each other for many decades and there were riots in 2012. Many Rohingyas have fled to ghettos and refugee camps in Bangladesh and to areas along the border with Thailand. They have been denied citizenship in Myanmar and have been described as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

Ministry Obstacles

No scripture is reported as available in the Rohingya language.

Outreach Ideas

Acts of kindness done in the name of Christ, directed toward the downtrodden Rohingya people will be well received.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

None of the Rohingya have reported themselves as Christians to the census of Bangladesh. In fact, a similar thing is true for all other countries of residence. If there are Christian believers they are few in number and desperately in need of our prayers.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for fair treatment of the Rohingya in Myanmar and in other countries where they live. Pray they will be protected from radical and violent Buddhists, and that the government of Myanmar will accept the responsibility to protect and provide for these people. Acknowledging them as citizens would be important.

Text Source:   Joshua Project