16,600 (1983 census). Very few monolinguals.
East Kayah State, 30 villlages; northeast Kayin State, Yado area; south Shan State, Pekon township.
Brek and Bwe are variant names of a dialect continuum extending from southwest Kayah State to northeast Kayin (Karen) State. Bwe-Kayaw is a mixed variety spoken in the middle of this continuum. See also Karen, Bwe [bwe]. Christian.