2,230 (2003 SIL), increasing. 800 Tafota, 990 Bareji, 440 Mado. 200 monolinguals.
Oro Province, Tufi district, in Musa and Bariji rivers flood plains. Gaina [gcn], Bariji [bjc], and Yareba [yrb] language areas on south border; Ewage-Notu (Okeina dialect) [nou], Ambe Tofo, Korafe-Mokorua, Miniafia-Arifama, Ubir [ubr], and Maisin [mbq] villages and language areas are on east border. Dyke Ackland bay is north.
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 [hmo] 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.