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Kuarit is one of the 105 woredas in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Mirab Gojjam Zone, Kuarit is bordered on the southwest by Jabi Tehnan, on the west by Sekela, on the north by Adet, on the east by the Misraq Gojjam Zone, and on the southeast by Dega Damot. The major town in Kuarit is Gebeze Mariam.

The highest point in this woreda and in the Misraq Gojjam Zone is Mount Amedamit, a part of the Choqa Mountains, with an elevation of 3619 meters. It was at the foot of this mountain that the Battle of Amedamit was fought on 6 October 1620 between Ras Sela Kristos, half-brother of the Emperor Susenyos of Ethiopia, and a group of rebels who opposed Susenyos' pro-Catholic beliefs. The rebels were crushed.[1]

Demographics

Based on figures published by the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this woreda has an estimated total population of 185,848, of whom 93,686 are men and 92,162 are women; 3,466 or 1.86% of its population are urban dwellers, which is less than the Zone average of 7.6%. With an estimated area of 772.81 square kilometers, Kuarit has an estimated population density of 240.5 people per square kilometer, which is greater than the Zone average of 174.47.[2]

The 1994 national census reported a total population for this woreda of 137,437 in 27,875 households, of whom 69,044 were men and 68,393 were women; 2,008 or 1.46% of its population were urban dwellers. The largest ethnic group reported in Kuarit was the Amhara (99.95%). Amharic was spoken as a first language by 99.9%. The majority of the inhabitants practiced Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, with 99.9% reporting that as their religion.[3]

Notes

  1. ^ this battle is described in James Bruce 'Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile (1805 edition), vol. 3, pp. 353-355
  2. ^ CSA 2005 National Statistics, Tables B.3 and B.4
  3. ^ 1994 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Amhara Region, Vol. 1, part 1, Tables 2.1, 2.7, 2.10, 2.13, 2.17, Annex II.2 (accessed 9 April 2009)

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