||261,578 in Myanmar (2000 WCD). Population total all countries: 360,220.
||Maehongson, east of the Salween River. Also spoken in Thailand.
||Red Karen, Karenni, Kayay, Kayah
||Distinct from but related to Bwe Karen (Bghai), forming a dialect cluster. Speakers have difficulty understanding Western Kayah of Myanmar.
||Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Karen, Sgaw-Bghai, Kayah
||Literacy rate in first language: 1% to 5%. Literacy rate in second language: 50% to 75%.