Komesha is one of the 21 woredas in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Asosa Zone, it is bordered by the Oromia Region on the south, Bambasi and Menge woredas on the west, and Sirba Abbay woreda on the north and east. Although the OCHA map shows Komesha as part of the Kamashi Zone, this map has the warning that it is not definitive for national or intranational boundaries, so its inclusion in the Asosa Zone by the Central Statistical Agency (CSA) is followed here.
The largest settlement in this woreda is Komesha.
Based on figures from the CSA in 2005, this woreda has an estimated total population of 12,948, of whom 6,613 are men and 6,335 are women. With an estimated area of 645.78 square kilometers, Komesha has a population density of 20.1 people per square kilometer which is greater than the Zone average of 19.95.
The 1994 national census reported a total population for this woreda of 9,762 in 2,261 households, of whom 5,008 were men and 4,754 were women; no urban dwellers were recorded. The largest ethnic group reported in Komesha was the Berta with 99.5% of the population; an equal share spoke Berta (99.5%), and 99.5% of the population said they were Muslim. Concerning education, 15.97% of the population were considered literate, which is less than the Zone average of 18.49%; 14.29% of children aged 7-12 were in primary school; 1.01% of the children aged 13-14 were in junior secondary school; and a negligible number of the inhabitants aged 15-18 were in senior secondary school. Concerning sanitary conditions, 2.8% of all houses had access to safe drinking water, and 16.8% had toilet facilities at the time of the census.
- Map of Benishangul-Gumaz Region at UN-OCHA (PDF file)
- CSA 2005 National Statistics, Table B.3
- 1994 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Benishangul-Gumuz Region, Vol. 1, Tables 2.1, 2.9, 2.12, 2.15, 2.19, 3.5, 3.7, 6.11, 6.13 (accessed 5 January 2009)
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