Administrative Zone 5 (Afar)

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Afar Zone 5
Hari Rasu
Zone 5 location in Ethiopia
Zone 5 location in Ethiopia
Country Ethiopia
Region Afar Region
 • Total 5,945.41 km2 (2,295.54 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Total 183,799
 • Density 31/km2 (80/sq mi)

Administrative Zone 5 (known since May 2006 as Hari Rasu) is one of five Zones of the Afar Region of Ethiopia. Stretching along the eastern base of the Ethiopian highlands, this Zone is bordered on the south and east by Administrative Zone 3, on the west by the Amhara Region, and on the north by Administrative Zone 1.

This Zone covers most of the area governed by the Afar Sultanate of Dawe.


Based on the 2007 Census conducted by the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia (CSA), this Zone has a total population of 183,799, of whom 105,321 are men and 78,478 women. While 12,263 or 6.67% are urban inhabitants, a further 49,551 or 26.96% were pastoralists. Two largest ethnic groups reported in Zone 4 were the Afar (97.65%), and Amhara (1.7%); all other ethnic groups made up 0.65% of the population. Afar is spoken as a first language by 97.6%, Amharic by 1.8%; the remaining 0.6% spoke all other primary languages reported. 99.3% of the population said they were Muslim.[2]

The 1996 national census reported a total population for this Zone of 282,960, of whom 165,221 were men and 117,739 women; none of its population were reported to be urban dwellers at the time. The major ethnic groupings in 1996 were 99.42% Afar, and 0.24% Amhara. Of the school-age school-age children, 0.26% (0.45% male and 0.00% female) were currently attending school, which is lower than the Regional average; 0.90% of the total population over the age of 10 (1.36% male and 0.26% female) are reported to be literate.[3]


  1. ^ Geohive: Ethiopia Archived 2012-08-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Census 2007 Tables: Afar Region Archived 2012-11-13 at the Wayback Machine., Tables 2.1, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2 and 3.4.
  3. ^ The 1994 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Affar Region, vol. 2 Archived November 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., Tables 2.1, 2.7, 2.13, 3.1, 3.6. Although the Afar Region was surveyed in 1994 at the same time as the other Regions of Ethiopia, the results were found to be unsatisfactory and a second census of this region was performed 22 July 1996 and its results replaced the earlier work.

Coordinates: 10°30′N 40°15′E / 10.500°N 40.250°E / 10.500; 40.250