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Enemay is one of the 105 woredas in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Misraq Gojjam Zone, Enemay is bordered on the south by Dejen, on the west by Debay Telatgen, on the north by Enarj Enawga, and on the east by Shebel Berenta. The administrative center of this woreda is Bichena; other towns in Enemay include Dima and Yetmen.

The landscape of this woreda is divided into two types: the lava plateau in the northern part and fertile lowlands in the south towards the Abay. Until the late 1930s as much as 25% of the land was covered with trees. Rivers in this woreda include the Muga, which is a perennial river, and the Yegudfin which only flows during the rainy season.[1] Notable landmarks include the Wolde Beri Caves, a limestone cave system which was used as a shelter during the Italian occupation.[2]

Demographics

Based on figures published by the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this woreda has an estimated total population of 168,324, of whom 84,953 are men and 83,371 are women; 24,553 or 14.59% of its population are urban dwellers, which is greater than the Zone average of 10.7%. With an estimated area of 707.21 square kilometers, Enemay has an estimated population density of 238 people per square kilometer, which is greater than the Zone average of 166.35.[3]

The 1994 national census reported a total population for this woreda of 120,914 in 24,130 households, of whom 60,022 were men and 60,892 were women; 14,160 or 11.71% of its population were urban dwellers. The largest ethnic group reported in Enemay was the Amhara (99.83%). The majority of the inhabitants practiced Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, with 89.55% reporting that as their religion, while 10.33% were Muslim; this was the largest concentration of Muslims in Misraq Gojjam, either in numbers or percentage.[4]

Notes

  1. ^ "Ethiopian Village Studies: Yetmen", Centre for the Study of African Economies (accessed 5 July 2009)
  2. ^ "Stalagmite sampling results table", Ethiopian Venture, First phase: Climate Reconstruction (accessed 16 May 2009)
  3. ^ CSA 2005 National Statistics, Tables B.3 and B.4
  4. ^ 1994 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Amhara Region, Vol. 1, part 1, Tables 2.1, 2.7, 2.10, 2.17, Annex II.2 (accessed 9 April 2009)

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