750,000 in Democratic Republic of the Congo (1996 SIL). Population total all countries: 761,100.
Orientale province: Ituri district, Djugu territory, west and northwest of Lake Albert.
Ddralo (Ddradha), Djadha (Jidha), Njawlo (Njawdha), Pidha, Tadha. Tadha is standard dialect. Djadha is largest and is used for literature. Jidha is the variety of the Bagegere (Northern Hema) who have adopted Lendu.
Spoken as L1 by people from 4 ethnic backgrounds: Lendu, Hema-North, Alur, and Okebu. Also use Congo Swahili [swc].
Latin script [Latn].
Distinct from the Bale dialect of Ngombe [ngc]. Christian.