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Rohingya People Group

Rohingya Men

“Rohinya Men” 2012 by Hmuu Zaw *

Countries:  Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar

History:  The homeland of the Rohingya is Rohang, in the Northern Rakhine State of Western Burma, bordering Bangladesh.  It is cut off from the rest of Burma by a range of mountains called Arakan Yoma. The Rohingya first settled probably in the 7th century. The Rohingyas trace their origin to Arabs, Moors, Turks, Persians, Moghuls, Pattans and Bangalees. Many migrated to Arakan during the time of the Mughal Empire and a large number came to Arakan later, during the British rule of Burma, from Bengal.  The Rohingya has been in conflict with the Buddhist Rakhine for some time.  In 1982, the Burmese government stripped the Rohingya of their citizenship, formally codifying an ongoing campaign to encourage them to leave the country. Many fled to neighboring Bangladesh.  The Rohingya are not wanted in Thailand and they have no status in Malaysia.  There is an estimate that some 28,000 Burmese ethnic Rohingya boat people are currently seeking political asylum status in Malaysia. Approximately, 13,500 Rohingyas have been registered with United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and 14,500 have yet to be registered with UNHCR or with relevant organizations.

Their Lives:  The Rohingya have opposition in Myanmar to practice their Muslim way of life.  They are pressured to only practice the ways of the Burmese race and culture and Buddhism.  In Malaysia 99% of the Rohingya are men.  In Thailand they have to live in refugee camps along the Thai border.  In Bangladesh they live in refugee camps. The Rohingya are not only victims of lifelong statelessness, oppression and massacre, but are also victims of lifelong family dislocation and isolation.  They are a people in desperate  need of prayer.

Population:
    Malaysia – 10,000 (28,000 boat people currently seeking political asylum
    Myanmar – 879,000
    Thailand – 77,000

Location:
   
In Myanmar in Rakhine State. 
    In Thailand in camps along the Thai-Myanmar border.
    In Malaysia along the Thai-Malaysia border and further into the country when possible.

Language:  Rohingya

Religion:  Islam

Christian %:  0.0 % adherent and 0.0 % evangelical

Scriptures:  None available

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that these people will cry out to God and God will answer them.

  • Pray that God will reveal himself to them.

  • Pray that Christian workers will take the Good News to them and they will gladly receive it.

  • Pray for the works of the enemy to be torn down in their lives and that God’s blessings will pour in.

  • Pray that they will find a place where they are welcome here on earth as well as a home in heaven.

* Image License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License

Who?  What? Where?

"In a nutshell" as they say, SEAMIST works in South East Asia!  We plant churches in South East Asia.  We try to focus all our efforts and resources on reaching the least reached peoples in South East Asia.

What does "least reached" mean?  It simply means the people groups that have few or no workers reaching out to them, few or no churches or believers in Jesus Christ.  These would be the most needy of all people in the world!

Our workers are trained to use contextual methods to share the good news.  We just want everyone to know about Jesus!  Our goal is always to leave behind a New Testament church. 

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