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; Nord-Kivu Province, border enclave north of Beni.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

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

Language Use

Also use Bangala [bxg], Congo Swahili [swc].

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.