A language of South Sudan


20,000 (2011 SIL). Few monolinguals.


West Bahr el Ghazal State, Wau county, about 10 villages on Wau-Deim Zubeir road between Mboro and Kpango rivers; some in Western Equatoria State north of Tembura among Zande [zne] language speakers.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Language Use

Vigorous in most areas. Spoken as L2 by other groups in eastern part of Western Bahr el Ghazal State. All domains. Oral use in courts, commerce, personal letters. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. NT: 2001.
Latin script.
Other Comments

Gbaya-Ndogo [krs] is a different language.