Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionMorobe Province
Ethnicityspoken by 30% or less (no date)[1]
Native speakers
12 (2000)[2]
Trans–New Guinea
Language codes
ISO 639-3kcb
Lang Status 20-CR.png
Kawacha is classified as Critically Endangered by the UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger
Coordinates: 7°02′48″S 146°09′09″E / 7.046688°S 146.152479°E / -7.046688; 146.152479 (Katsiong)Coordinates: 7°02′48″S 146°09′09″E / 7.046688°S 146.152479°E / -7.046688; 146.152479 (Katsiong)

Kawatsa is a nearly extinct Angan language of Papua New Guinea. According to one source, an estimated 12 people are believed to speak the language.[1] It is spoken in Katsiong village (7°02′48″S 146°09′09″E / 7.046688°S 146.152479°E / -7.046688; 146.152479 (Katsiong)), Tsewi ward, Kome Rural LLG.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b Kawacha language at Ethnologue (15th ed., 2005)
  2. ^ Kawatsa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  3. ^ Eberhard, David M.; Simons, Gary F.; Fennig, Charles D., eds. (2019). "Papua New Guinea languages". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (22nd ed.). Dallas: SIL International.
  4. ^ United Nations in Papua New Guinea (2018). "Papua New Guinea Village Coordinates Lookup". Humanitarian Data Exchange. 1.31.9.