CHELIYA is one of the woredas in the
Prominent peaks in this woreda include Mount Amara (3128 meters); rivers include the Racho and Walshomo. Local landmarks of note include the Gedo State Forest. A survey of the land in Cheliya shows that 87.4% is arable or cultivable, 7.2% pasture, 2.98% forest, and 2.42% other. Although coffee is an important cash crop of this woreda, less than 2,000 hectares are planted with this crop.
There are 39 primary schools in this woreda, 18 providing education for grades 1-4 and 21 providing education for grades 1-8, and two secondary education schools, both providing education for grades 9-12. Health services are provided by one health center and two clinics; these facilities are ill-equipped and under-staffed, making them insufficient to reach the entire population.
The 2007 national census reported a total population for this woreda
of 156,962, of whom 78,562 were men and 78,400 were women; 22,745 or
14.49% of its population were urban dwellers. The majority of the
inhabitants said they were Protestant , with 54.38% of the population
reporting they observed this belief, while 32.76% of the population
Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity
Based on figures published by the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this woreda has an estimated total population of 240,055, of whom 122,182 are men and 117,873 are women; 26,619 or 11.09% of its population are urban dwellers, which is less than the Zone average of 12.3%. With an estimated area of 1,854.07 square kilometers, Cheliya has an estimated population density of 129.5 people per square kilometer, which is less than the Zone average of 152.8.
The 1994 national census reported a total population for this woreda
of 170,216, of whom 83,809 were men and 86,407 women; 14,885 or 8.74%
of its population were urban dwellers at the time. The two largest
ethnic groups reported in
Cheliya were the Oromo (96.19%), and the
Amhara (3.14%); all other ethnic groups made up 0.67% of the
* ^ SABA Engineering for the Ethiopian Roads Authority, Road Sector
Development Support Program Project: environmental impact assessment
(Vol. 2 of 4): Final report for Gedo - Nekemte (Addis Ababa: October
2006), Part 1, Appendix 3 "Land Use and Land Cover of Weredas along
the Project Route", p. iv (accessed 2 March 2009)
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Coordinates : 9°00′N 37°30′E / 9.000°N 37.500°E / 9.000; 37.500
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Woredas of the
Mirab Shewa Zone
* Ambo (former)