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Geshe Rabel is one of the 105 woredas in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Located at the eastern edge of the Ethiopian highlands in the Semien Shewa Zone, Geshe Rabel is bordered on the south by the Gera Midirna Keya Gebriel, on the west and north by the Debub Wollo Zone, and on the east by Antsokiyana Gemza; the Wanchet River defines its western boundary. The name of this woreda is a combination of the name of a district of the former province or kingdom of Shewa, Gishe, and its administrative center, Rabel.

Elevations in Geshe Rabel range from about 1200 meters along the Wanchet to over 3000 meters above sea level in the ridge of mountains that run near the eastern border of this woreda. Rivers include the Albuko, Yasha, and Yada rivers.[1]


Based on figures published by the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this woreda has an estimated total population of 69,506, of whom 35,255 are men and 34,251 are women; 1,934 or 2.78% of its population are urban dwellers, which is less than the Zone average of 11.8%. With an estimated area of 662.97 square kilometers, Geshe Rabel has an estimated population density of 104.8 people per square kilometer, which is less than the Zone average of 134.37.[2]

The 1994 national census reported a total population for this woreda of 51,283 in 10,715 households, of whom 25,574 were men and 25,709 were women; 1,113 or 2.17% of its population were urban dwellers. The largest ethnic group reported in Geshe Rabel was the Amhara (99.93%), and Amharic was spoken as a first language by 99.94%. The majority of the inhabitants practiced Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, with 95.56% reporting that as their religion, while 4.26% were Muslim.[3]




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