32,800 (2007 census). L2 users: 440. 10,800 monolinguals.
Oromia and Gambela regions; Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: a long, narrow belt between Bure, east of Gambela, and Guraferda south.
Minor dialect variation.
VSO; genitives, articles, adjectives, numerals, relatives after noun heads; question words final; suffixes indicate case, passives; reciprocal verb forms; verb affixes mark person, number, subject, object; many syllable patterns; tonal.
Traditional religion, Christian.