World Mission Builds School for Endangered Mru People in Bangladesh

The photo shows a Mru boy. (Photo courtesy of Astrothomas, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

In rural Bangladesh, human traffickers have started preying on the isolated Mru people. While the parents work out in the hills during the day, children disappear from the villages.

Local World Mission partners visited the Mru, Greg Kelley says. “We asked them, ‘What do you need? What would be helpful?’ And they said, ‘We want to have some kind of a training, a school, for our children, where they could be safe so we could go and work during the day.’”

Mru beliefs

The Mru have no written language. In fact, orality is built into their belief system. According to traditional belief, the great spirit gave all peoples languages and written rules for how to live. But an evil animal interfered, eating the rules intended for the Mru.

Officially, most of the Mru people have been categorized as Buddhists. However, many Mru beliefs and practices lack Buddhist influence.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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