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Awassa (or Hawassa)

Awasa (also spelled Awassa or Hawassa) is a city in Ethiopia, on the shores of Lake Awasa in the Great Rift Valley. Located 270 km south of Addis Ababa via Debre Zeit, 130 km east of Sodo, Awasa is the capital of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region and is a special zone of this region. The city lies on the Trans-African Highway 4 Cairo-Cape Town at an elevation of 1708 meters.

Awassa was capital of the former Sidamo Province from about 1978 until the province was abolished with the adoption of the 1995 Constitution. This city is home to Hawassa University (which includes an Agricultural College, a Main Campus and a Health Sciences College), Awasa Adventist College, and a major market. The city is served by Awasa Airport, opened in 1988. Important local attractions include the Lake Awassa, St. Gabriel Church and the Awassa Kenema Stadium. Fishing is a major local industry.

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