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Belo Jegonfoy is one of the 21 woredas in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Kamashi Zone, it is bordered on the west by the Didessa River, which separates it from Kamashi, on the north by the Hanger River which separates it form Yaso, and by Oromia Region in the south; parts of the woreda are enclaves in the Oromia Region.


Based on figures from the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this woreda has an estimated total population of 14,943, of whom 7,624 are men and 7,319 are women. With an estimated area of 1,611.88 square kilometers, Belo Jegonfoy has an estimated population density of 9.3 people per square kilometer which is greater than the Zone average of 7.61.[1] Information is lacking on the towns of this woreda.

The 1994 national census reported a total population for this woreda of 11,266 in 2,391 households, of whom 5,774 were men and 5,492 were women; no urban inhabitants were recorded. The three largest ethnic groups reported in Belo Jegonfoy were the Gumuz (69.4%), the Berta (19.8%), and the Oromo (10%); all other ethnic groups made up 0.8% of the population. Gumuz is spoken as a first language by 69.6%, Berta by 19.8%, and Oromiffa by 9.8%; the remaining 0.8% spoke all other primary languages reported. Concerning religion, the largest group of the inhabitants practiced Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, with 46.4% of the population reporting they professed that religion, while 24% were Protestant, and 21.4% observed traditional religions. Concerning education, 8.05% of the population were considered literate, which is less than the Zone average of 11.36%; 8.83% of children aged 7–12 were in primary school, a negligible number of the children aged 13–14 were in junior secondary school, and none of the inhabitants aged 15–18 in senior secondary school. Concerning sanitary conditions, 1.9% of all houses had access to safe drinking water, and 2% had toilet facilities at the time of the census.[2]


  1. CSA 2005 National Statistics, Table B.3
  2. 1994 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Benishangul-Gumuz Region, Vol. 1, Tables 2.1, 2.7, 2.12, 2.15, 2.19, 3.5, 3.7, 6.11, 6.13 (accessed 31 December 2008)

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