L1 users: 108,000 (2010 J. Leclerc), increasing.
Gash Barka region: north of Barentu.
Higir, Koyta, Santora. Little intelligibility of Kunama [kun].
SOV; case suffixes; passive verbs; reciprocal verbs.
Latin script [Latn], used since 1988.
Considerable dialect variation within 4 main groups: Higir, Mogareb, Koyta, and Santora. Muslim.