Waata

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A language of Kenya

Alternate Names
Ariangulu, Langulo, Sanya, Sanye, Waat, Wasanye
Population

12,600 (2009 census), increasing.

Location

Coast Province, Lamu district, lower Tana river.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Language Use

Home, social gatherings. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Kiswahili [swh], Ilwana [mlk], or English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%.
Other Comments

Maintaining their language in spite of economic change and pressure from other languages. Distinct language from Dahalo [dal] (Sanye) or Boni [bob]. Muslim, Christian.