L1 users: 50,000 (1998 J. Leclerc). Ethnic population: 100,000 (1992).
Shabeellaha Hoose region: Wanla Weyne and Qoryoley districts; Bay region: southeast border area.
None known. Reportedly linguistically similar to Boni [bob].
Also use Maay [ymm].
Part of the Hawiye clan family. Consider themselves part of the Garreh people in Kenya, though they now speak different languages. Some ethnic Garre in Somalia speak Maay [ymm] as L1. Muslim.