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Addis Alem
Ketema is located in Ethiopia
Location within Ethiopia
Coordinates: 11°03′N 36°19′E / 11.050°N 36.317°E / 11.050; 36.317
Country Ethiopia
Region Benishangul-Gumuz
Special Woreda Pawe
Population (2005)
 • Total 3,262
Time zone UTC+3 (EAT)

Ketema (formerly known as Mender 7) is a town in western Ethiopia. The name comes from the Amharic word ketema, meaning a fortified encampment; it is also a common personal name in Ethiopia. It is one of three towns located in the Pawe special woreda of the Benishangul-Gumuz Region.


Ketema was founded as one of the resettlement projects under the Derg in the years 1984-86, when it was known as Mender 7 (or "Left 7"), because the settlement was located on the left side of the Beles River).[1]

Ketema is located near the market of Deq, a local market which existed before the resettlement program and is frequented by the Agew and Gumuz peoples.[2]

Based on figures from the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, Ketema has an estimated total population of 3,262 of whom 1,540 are men and 1,722 are women.[3] According to the 1994 national census, its total population was 1,896 of whom 891 were men and 841 were women.


  1. ^ Explained by Wolde-Selassie Abbute, "The dynamics of socio-economic differentiation and change in the Beles-Valley/Pawe/resettlement area, north western Ethiopia" (Addis Ababa University: School of Graduate Studies, 1997), p. 53
  2. ^ Wolde-Selassie Abbute, "Dynamics", pp. 7, 116
  3. ^ CSA 2005 National Statistics[permanent dead link], Table B.3

Coordinates: 11°03′N 36°19′E / 11.050°N 36.317°E / 11.050; 36.317