18,500 (2007 census). 10,800 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 11,000 Mesengo (2007 census).
Southwest, parts of Gambela, Oromo, and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples regions, a long, narrow belt between Bure (east of Gambela) and Guraferda south.
Minor dialect variation.
VSO; postpositions; genitives, articles, adjectives, numerals, relatives after noun heads; question words final; suffixes indicate case, passives; causative prefix; reciprocal verb forms; verb affixes mark person, number, subject, object; many syllable patterns; tonal
438 L2 speakers.
Traditional religion, Christian.