Afar language

Lowland East Cushitic language spoken in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti

The Afar language (Afar: Qafaraf) (also known as ’Afar Af, Afaraf, Qafar af) is a lowland East Cushitic language spoken by the Afar people in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti. It is thought to have 1.5 million speakers. Its most similar language is the Saho language.[3]

Native toDjibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia
RegionHorn of Africa
Native speakers
1,990,800 (2017)[1]
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
ISO 639-1aa
ISO 639-2aar
ISO 639-3aar
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  1. "Afar". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Afar". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Raymond G. Gordon, Jr, ed. 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.