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A language of Papua New Guinea

ISO 639-3wrs

Population  2,500 in Papua New Guinea, increasing. Population total all countries: 4,000.
Region  Sandaun Province, Amanab District, Wasengla area. Also in Indonesia (Papua).
Language map  Papua New Guinea, Map 3, reference number 62
Alternate names   Walsa
Classification  Border, Waris
Language use  Vigorous. Most domains. All ages.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 15%–20%. Literacy rate in L2: 35%–30%. Taught in primary schools. Dictionary. NT: 2003.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Different from Wari [wbe] or Wares [wai].

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Indonesia (Papua)

Language name   Waris
Population  1,500 in Indonesia.
Region  Northeast Papua, Keerom Regency, Waris subdistrict, south of Jayapura.
Language map  Indonesia, Eastern Papua, reference number 142
Alternate names  Walsa
Comments  Hunters; agriculturalists. Christian, traditional religion.