Lika

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Alternate Names
Kilika, Kpongo, Liko, Mabiti, Toriko
Population

60,000 (1989 SIL). 57,000 in Wamba Territory, 3,000 in Rungu Territory.

Location

Orientale Province, Haut-Uélé district, Wamba territory, Balika-Toriko collectivité; Rungu territory, Mongomasi collectivité.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Likó (Ikó), Liliká (Liká), Lilikó. Lexical similarity: 65%–70% with Bomokandi Kango [kty]; 55%–60% with Pagibete [pae], Bwa [bww], and Uélé Kango [kty]; 52% with Bali [bcp]; 51% with Ngelima [agh]; 46% with Komo [kmw]; 40% with Bhele [bhy], Bila [bip], and Bera [brf]; 30% with Budu [buu]; 25% with Lega languages and Lingala [lin].

Language Use

Also use Swahili [swc] in south Wamba zone. Also use Meje dialect of Mangbetu [mdj]. Also use Budu [buu].

Language Development
Bible portions: 2006–2009.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ethnic groups: Mabiti and Maliko. 2 secondary schools, 15 primary schools, but Lika is not used in the schools. Christian, Muslim.