• PEOPLE CLUSTER: KAREN


QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 27

Population: 4,491,700

Unreached people groups: 5

UPG population: 1,522,300

Unengaged UPGs: 0

UUPG population: 0

Number of countries: 5


Affinity Bloc: Tibetan / Himalayan Peoples

Overview: The Karen people cluster encompasses a number of related ethnic peoples in southern and southeastern Myanmar who speak a variety of Sino-Tibetan languages. A large number of Karen also reside across the border in Thailand. A large number of Karen people are refugees due to the Karen National Union (KNU) that has waged war with the Myanmar government since 1949 in hopes of attaining an independent Karen state. Christianity, Buddhism, and ethnic religions are all practiced among these people groups.

Peoples within this cluster: Karen, Bghai; Karen, Geba; Karen, Geko; Karen, Lahta; Karen, Pa'o; Karen, Padaung; Karen, Paku; Karen, Pwo Eastern; Karen, Pwo Northern; Karen, Pwo Western; Karen, S'gaw; Karen, Yinbaw; Karen, Yintale; Karen, Zayein; Kayah, Eastern; Kayah, Western; Kayaw; Manumanaw Karen; Mobwa Karen; Yinchia

Countries where they are found: Australia; India; Myanmar; Thailand; United States


People groups: 27

Population: 4,491,700

Unreached people groups: 5

UPG population: 1,522,300

Unengaged UPGs: 0

UUPG population: 0

Number of countries: 5