17,200 (1997 F. Bennett), decreasing. No monolinguals.
Kayin State, Thandaung township, about 100 villages; Kayah State, Hpruso township.
Western Bwe Karen more widely understood, more prestigious. Bwe is sometimes used as an overarching cover term for all high-dwelling Central Karennic groups, who are not S’gaw Karen or Pwo Karen. Bwe people are very similar to the Mobwa people in lifestyle and culture. Christian.