18,500 (2007 census). 11,000 Mesengo (2007 census). 10,800 monolinguals. L2 users: 440.
Southwest, parts of Oromiya, Gambela Hizboch, and YeDebub Biheroch Bihereseboch na Hizboch states, 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.
Traditional religion, Christian.