Kwama

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Afan Mao, Amam, Gogwama, Goma, Gwama, Koma of Asosa, Nokanoka, North Koma, Takwama, T’wa Kwama
Population

15,000 (1982 SIL).

Location

South Benishangul-Gumuz and western Oromia regions: near Sudan border, south of Asosa to Gidami; 19 villages, including one (Yabus) in Sudan.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Language Use

Vigorous. Also use Amharic [amh], Standard Arabic [arb], West Central Oromo [gaz]. Used as L2 by Komo [xom].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 12%. Pilot classes started in 2014 in some government schools.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 2013.

Other Comments

Muslim, traditional religion.