Alternate Names
“Dibatchua” (pej.), Dikango, Kango Pygmy, “Kibatchua” (pej.), Kikango, Likango

2,000 (1998 T. Harvey).


Orientale Province, Tshopo district, Bafwasende territory, Bakundumu and Bemili collectivités, among the Bali [bcp]. The smaller dialect has 7 villages just south of where Nepoki and Ituri river confluence becomes Aruwimi river.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


2 dialects. Related to Komo [kmw] and Bali [bcp]. Lexical similarity: 78% with Komo [kmw], 72% with Bila [bip], 60% with Bali [bcp], 50% with Lika [lik].


5 vowels

Language Use

Also use Bali [bcp]. Bangala [bxg] is preferred in the north; Congo Swahili [swc] in the south.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 1%.
Other Comments

The language is evidently a combination of Komo and Bali, with some borrowings from the Bila-based pygmy language. Different from the riverine Kango [kty] to the north, who are fishermen. Those who attend school complete Standard 1 or 2 classes. Traditional religion, Christian.