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Geladin (Somali: Geladi) is a town in eastern Ethiopia. Located in the Werder Zone of the Somali Region, this town has a latitude and longitude of 06°57′N 46°25′E / 6.950°N 46.417°E / 6.950; 46.417Coordinates: 06°57′N 46°25′E / 6.950°N 46.417°E / 6.950; 46.417 with an elevation between 427 and 530 meters above sea level.

Arthur Donaldson Smith records he visited Geladin (which he also calls "Bari") in January 1895, which he estimated had 3,000 inhabitants at the time.[1] The British used Geladin as a base during their war against Sayid Mohammed Abdullah Hassan in 1903, after their victory over Hassan at Erigo.[2] By 1932, the Italians had built a road from Danot to Geladin over terrain that officially lay within Ethiopian territory. This was one of many acts that led to the Second Italian-Abyssinian War years later.[3]

Based on figures from the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this town has an estimated total population of 10,795, of whom 5,961 are men and 4,834 are women.[4] The 1997 census reported this town had a total population of 7,233 of whom 3,938 were men and 3,295 women. The largest ethnic group reported in this town was the Somali (99.17%), it is populated by the Marehan sub-clan of Darood.[5] It is the largest town in Geladin woreda.


  1. ^ Donaldson-Smith, Through Unknown African Countries: the first expedition from Somaliland to Lake Rudolph (London, 1897), p. 130
  2. ^ As mentioned by H.G.C. Swayne, Seventeen Trips through Somaliland and a visit to Abyssinia: With Supplementary preface on the 'Mad Mullah' risings (London: Rowland Ward, 1903), pp. xii-xiv
  3. ^ "Local History in Ethiopia" The Nordic Africa Institute website (accessed 6 December 2007)
  4. ^ CSA 2005 National Statistics Archived July 31, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., Table B.4
  5. ^ 1994 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Somali Region, Vol. 1 Archived November 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Tables 2.4, 2.14 (accessed 10 January 2009). The results of the 1994 census in the Somali Region were not satisfactory, so the census was repeated in 1997.