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Meket is one of the 105 woredas in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.[1] It is named after a former district located approximately in this area.[2] Located on the western side of the Semien Wollo Zone, Meket is bordered on the south by Wadla, on the west by the Debub Gondar Zone, on the north by Bugna, and on the east by Guba Lafto. The administrative center of Meket is Filakit Gereger; other settlements include Agrit and Debre Zebit.

Meket extends from the divide between the Tekezé and Bashilo watersheds northwards, with elevations ranging from about 1200 at the northwesternmost point to over 3000 meters above sea level along the eastern part of its southern border.[1] Rivers include the Checheho which has its source in this woreda. Filakit Gereger lies on the main Debre Tabor - Nefas Mewcha highway (also known as the Chinese road), and except for those of the eastern lowland woredas it is the only woreda capital with an all-year link to the Zonal capital of Weldiya.[3]

Demographics

Based on figures published by the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this woreda has an estimated total population of 262,610, of whom 130,974 are men and 131,636 are women; 8,230 or 3.13% of its population are urban dwellers, which is less than the Zone average of 8.9%. With an estimated area of 1,925.01 square kilometers, Meket has an estimated population density of 136.4 people per square kilometer, which is greater than the Zone average of 105.59.[4]

The 1994 national census reported a total population for this woreda of 193,683 in 44,142 households, of whom 98,249 were men and 95,434 were women; 4,761 or 2.46% of its population were urban dwellers. The largest ethnic group reported in Meket was the Amhara (99.95%). Amharic was spoken as a first language by 99.77%. 94.69% of the population practiced Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, and 5.3% of the population said they were Muslim.[5]

Notes

  1. ^ a b Svein Ege identifies this woreda with one otherwise known as Saron Meda. "North Wälo 1:100,000. Topographic and administrative map of North Wälo Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia". Trondheim, NTNU, 2002
  2. ^ Mentioned in the Royal Chronicle of Bakaffa, who gave it over to his Oromo soldiers to be plundered, while returning from a campaign in 1726. (James Bruce, Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile (1805 edition), vol. 4 p. 88)
  3. ^ Hans Spiess, "Field Trip Report to South Gonder, North Welo and Oromiya Zones of Region 3 (Amhara) and the Southern Zone of Region 1 (Tigray)" UNDP-EUE Report (accessed 22 January 2009)
  4. ^ CSA 2005 National Statistics, Tables B.3 and B.4
  5. ^ 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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