57,500 (2006). Ethnic population: 100,000 (1992).
Mostly south, especially lower Shabelle Region, Wanla Weyne and Qoryoley districts; Bay Region, Bur Hakaba, Dinsor, and Baydoa districts.
None known. Reportedly linguistically similar to Boni [bob].
Also use Maay [ymm].
Part of the Hawiye clan family. Consider themselves part of the Garreh people in Kenya, though they now speak different languages. Some ethnic Garre in Somalia speak Maay [ymm] as L1. Muslim.