Awasa (sometimes spelled or Awassa or Hawassa) is a city in Ethiopia. It is on the shores of Lake Awasa in the Great Rift Valley. The city is the capital of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region. It is on the Trans-African Highway 4 to Cairo-Cape Town. It has 165,275 people (2012).
Church St. Gabriel in Awasa
|Region||Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples|
|• Total||50 km2 (20 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,708 m (5,604 ft)|
|• Density||3,300/km2 (8,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+3 (EAT)|
The city was once the capital of the Sidamo Province from 1978 to 1995; when the 1995 Constitution was adopted and the province was abolished. The city also has Hawassa University, which was created in 1999. 194 members of the Sidama Liberation Movement were arrested and held in Awasa prison in September 1994. The chairman fled to the United Kingdom after someone tried to assassinate him.