296,000 (2006 E. Zürcher), decreasing. Very few monolinguals.
Ouaddaï region, Ouara and Djourf-al-Ahmar departments; Wadi Fira Region, Biltine department, Biltine subprefecture; most of Ouara department and villages south of Biltine.
3 (Wider communication).
All domains in the village; home only in the towns. All ages in the villages; mostly adults in towns. Mixed attitudes. The language is generally valued less than Arabic. Most also use Chadian Spoken Arabic [shu].
Ethnic groups: Uled Djemma (Aulad Djema, Awlad Djema). Muslim.