Native toSudan
RegionNuba Mountains
Native speakers
9,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3wll
Wali is classified as Critically Endangered by the UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger

Wali (also Walari, Walarishe, Wele) is a Hill Nubian language spoken in the northwestern Nuba Mountains in the south of Sudan. It is spoken by around 9,000 people 12 km northeast of Katla. Ethnologue reports that use of Wali is vigorous and that there are many monolingual speakers.[1] Young children speak English and Wali, but it is expected that the next generation will continue to communicate using Wali.[2]


  1. ^ a b Wali at Ethnologue (25th ed., 2022) Closed access icon
  2. ^ Krell, A. (August, 2012). Rapid Appraisal Sociolinguistic Survey Among Ama, Karko, and Wali Language Groups. DigitalResources: SIL Electronic Survey Report, 1-75. p. 16 Retrieved February 11, 2016, from http://www.armored.us/cracker/1450220722_2fd3905028/silesr2012_023.pdf (dead; archive link)