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A language of Namibia

ISO 639-3: her

Population 113,000 in Namibia (1991 census). Population total all countries: 133,000.
Region Damaraland and northwest Ovamboland territory, Kaokoveld. Also spoken in Botswana.
Alternate names   Otjiherero, Ochiherero
Dialects Mbandieru, Kuvale.
Classification Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, R, Herero (R.30)
Language use National language.
Language development Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1987.
Comments Erroneously called 'Damara'. The people are 'Ovaherero'. Traditional religion, Christian.

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Language name   Herero
Population 20,000 in Botswana (2004 Cook).
Region Scattered among many ethnic groups, usually having their own areas within larger towns and villages: Northwest District (Maun, Gomare, Sehitwa, Makakung, Nokaneng, Shakawe, Nxaunxau, and western cattleposts), Central District (Mahalapye, Toromoja, Rakops, Mokoboxane, Letlhakane), Ghanzi District (Charles Hill, Ghanzi, Makunda, Dryhoek, New Kanagas, Dekar), Kgalagadi District (Tsabong, Omaweneno, Werda), Kgatleng District (Morwa).
Alternate names   Otjiherero, Ochiherero
Language use All ages. Some older speakers are moving back to Namibia.
Language development Literacy rate in first language: Nearly 60%. Literacy rate in second language: Nearly 60% in Tswana.
Comments Spoken by the Ovaherero and Ovambanderu peoples. Erroneously called 'Damara'. Most came to Botswana as refugees from Namibia in the early 1900s. Christian, traditional religion.