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The Waata (Waat, Watha), or Sanye, are an Oromo-speaking people of Kenya and former hunter-gatherers. They share the name Sanye with the neighboring Dahalo.

Native toKenya
RegionLamu District, Tana River
Native speakers
13,000 (2009 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3ssn

The current language of the Waata may be a dialect of Orma or otherwise Southern Oromo. However, there is evidence that they may have shifted from a Southern Cushitic language, a group that includes Dahalo.[2]

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  1. ^ Waata at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Martin Walsh, 1992/1993. The Vuna and the Degere: Remnants and Outcasts among the Duruma and Digo of Kenya and Tanzania. Bulletin of the International Committee on Urgent Anthropological and Ethnological Research 34/35: 133–147.