Lese

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Alternate Names
Balese, Lesa, Lesse, Lissi, Mbuti, Walese, Walisi
Population

50,000 (1991 SIL).

Location

Orientale Province, Watsa, Djugu, Irumu, and Mambasa territories.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Arumbi (Upstream Lese), Fare, Lese Karo, Ndese (Lese Dese), Vukutu (Obi, Vonkutu). Similar to Mamvu [mdi], Bendi [bct], Mangbutu [mdk], and Efe [efe].

Language Use

Some also use Congo Swahili [swc] (Kingwana) or Bangala [bxg].

Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.