1,650 (1994 census). Ethnic population: 172,000 (1994 census). L2 users: 3,180.
Northwest Amara State, north of Lake Tana; Qwara or Kayla are near Addis Ababa.
Ethiopic script [Ethi], no longer in use.
Ethnonym: Falashi (Kayla or Qwara people), meaning Black Jews. 2,321 Falashas in Ethiopia. Most remaining Falasha went to Israel in 1999. No evidence of a distinct Jewish language. Kara is an incorrect spelling. Christian (Qimant), Jewish (Kayla).