Bamwe

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Population

20,000 (1983 census).

Location

Equateur Province, Sud Ubangi district, Kungu territory, Mwanda collectivité, Ngiri river upper reaches between Limpoko and Sombe villages: Moniongo, Libobi, Likata, Mondongo, Lifunga, Bomole, Lokutu, and Botunia villages.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Libobi, Lifonga, Likata. All village dialects are mutually intelligible. Reportedly similar to Dzando [dzn] and Ndolo [ndl].

Language Use

Most also use Lingala [lin], except oldest women. Many women speak only market Lingala.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 30%–50% in Lingala.