11,500 (1998 SIL), increasing. 7,000 Rawa and 4,500 Karo.
Madang Province. Rawa dialect: Upper Ramu district; Karo dialect: Rai Coast district; dialects on opposite sides of Finisterre Range.
Due to migration, use of Tok Pisin [tpi] increasing. All domains with same dialect speaker. All ages. Very positive attitudes. 15% also use English [eng]. Almost all also use Tok Pisin [tpi]. Traditionally women who married into the group learned Rawa; now they use more Tok Pisin. Slowly shifting to Tok Pisin.
Latin script [Latn].
People report Rawa and Karo dialects seem to be drifting apart. Christian (Protestant), traditional religion.