Ejersa Goro

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Ejersa Goro
Ejersa Goro is located in Ethiopia
Ejersa Goro
Ejersa Goro
Location within Ethiopia
Coordinates: 9°29′N 42°14′E / 9.483°N 42.233°E / 9.483; 42.233
Country Ethiopia
ZoneHararge Bahaa
2,780 m (9,120 ft)
 • Total3,104
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Ejersa Goro is a town in eastern Ethiopia. Located outside the city of Harar in the Misraq Hararghe Zone of the Oromia Region, it has a latitude and longitude of 9°29′N 42°14′E / 9.483°N 42.233°E / 9.483; 42.233Coordinates: 9°29′N 42°14′E / 9.483°N 42.233°E / 9.483; 42.233 and an elevation of 2780 meters above sea level. It is the administrative center of Jarso woreda.


According to the Oromia Regional government website, this town has access to telephone and postal service, but lacks electricity.[1]

Ejersa Goro is best known as the birthplace of Emperor Haile Selassie I, the tenth child of Ras Makonnen, then governor of Harar, and Woizero Yeshimebet Ali, on July 23, 1892. The Emperor later erected a church, Kidane Mihret ("Our Lady Covenant of Mercy"), in the town to commemorate the event; when John Graham visited the town in 2001, although Ras Makonnen's house had been reduced to a "circle of rocks", Kidane Mihret was still standing and in use, although in worse repair than the mosque across town.[2]

Early in the Ogaden War, Ejersa Goro was captured by Somali units; it was recaptured between 5 and 9 February 1978 by Ethiopian units advancing from Kombolcha.[3]


Based on figures from the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, Ejersa Goro has an estimated total population of 3,104 of whom 1,529 are men and 1,575 are women.[4]

The 1994 national census reported a total population for this town of 1,736 of whom 829 were men and 907 were women. These numbers for Ejersa Goro are an estimate, because the town was not counted. This also means that breakdown by ethnic groups, language speakers, religion, et cetera, are not available.[5]


  1. ^ Socio-economic profile of the East Hararghe Zone Government of Oromia Region (last accessed 20 March 2008)
  2. ^ "Local History in Ethiopia" The Nordic Africa Institute website (accessed 20 March 2008)
  3. ^ Gebru Tareke, "The Ethiopia-Somalia War of 1977 Revisited," International Journal of African Historical Studies, 2000 (33), p. 658
  4. ^ CSA 2005 National Statistics Archived November 23, 2006, at the Wayback Machine, Table B.4
  5. ^ 1994 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Oromia Region, Vol. 1, part 6 Archived 2008-11-19 at the Wayback Machine, Table 2.3 (accessed 21 April 2009)