2,230 (2003 SIL), increasing. 800 Tafota, 990 Bareji, 440 Mado. 200 monolinguals.
Oro (formerly Northern) Province, Tufi district, west Musa and Bariji rivers flood plains; Gaina [gcn], Bariji [bjc], and Yareba [yrb] language areas on south and west borders, Dyke Ackland bay is north; Ewage-Notu (Okeina dialect) [nou], Ambe Tofo, Korafe-Mokorua, Miniafia-Arifama, Ubir [ubr], and Maisin [mbq] villages on the east.
Vigorous. Many non-Baruga wives of Baruga men learn it. All domains. Some in religious services. All ages. Positive attitudes. Some also use Hiri Motu [hmo]. Hiri Motu use diminishing as government communication usually in English [eng]. Also use English [eng], Ewage-Notu [nou], Korafe-Yegha [kpr], Tok Pisin [tpi].
Latin script [Latn].
Work in Port Moresby and other towns but prefer to retire in Baruga territory. Christian, traditional religion.