Gulina (woreda)

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Gulina is one of the woredas in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Administrative Zone 4, Gulina is located near the base of the eastern escarpment of the Ethiopian highlands, and bordered on the south by Ewa, on the west by the Amhara Region, on the north by Yalo, on the northeast by Teru, and on the east by Aura. The administrative center of Gulina, and Zone 4, is Kelewina.

The highest peak in this woreda is the active volcano Dalaffilla (613 meters). Rivers include the Fokissa, Galbate, and Gulina Rivers. Gulina has one of the higher rates of tree cover of any woreda in the Afar Region -- 4.2%.[1] As of 2008, Gulina has 123 kilometers of all-weather road; about 29% of the total population has access to drinking water.[2] However, the all-weather road would be more useful there were also a bridge over the Gulina river; local merchants complain that they had to transport goods on the shoulders of people over the river, which increased the cost of every quintal of goods by 8 Birr.[3]


Based on the 2007 Census conducted by the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia (CSA), this woreda has a total population of 49,794, of whom 28,259 are men and 21,535 women; with an area of 805.40 square kilometers, Gulina has a population density of 61.83. While 3,925 or 7.88% are urban inhabitants, a further 22,300 or 44.78% are pastoralists. A total of 7,552 households were counted in this woreda, which results in an average of 6.6 persons to a household, and 7,820 housing units. 99.54% of the population said they were Muslim.[4]


  1. ^ Hailu Ejara Kene, Baseline Survey of 55 Weredas of PCDP Phase II, Part I Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine. (Addis Ababa: August 2008), Annex 1
  2. ^ Hailu Ejara Kene, Baseline Survey, Annexes 16, 17
  3. ^ "Social Analysis and Indigenous Livelihood Strategies in Afar Pastoral Communities" (Addis Ababa: Pastoral Community Development Project website, 2005), p. 63
  4. ^ Census 2007 Tables: Afar Region, Tables 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2 and 3.4.

Coordinates: 12°15′N 40°00′E / 12.250°N 40.000°E / 12.250; 40.000