20,000 (1995 SIL).
Southern Maluku Province, over 20 villages total. Kisar island, northeast of Timor island, 19 villages; nearby Roma and Wetar islands, Hila, Likagraha, Amau, Naumatan, and Hi’ai villages. Some in Ambon, Dili, and Kupang cities.
Not related to Oirata [oia], which has sometimes been called a dialect.
Used as L2 by a few Oirata on Kisar Island.
Called Yotowawa or Meher locally. Christian.