Eastern Equatoria

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Eastern Equatoria
شرق الاستوائية
State
Flag of Eastern Equatoria
Flag
Location in South Sudan.
Location in South Sudan.
Coordinates: 4°45′N 33°11′E / 4.750°N 33.183°E / 4.750; 33.183Coordinates: 4°45′N 33°11′E / 4.750°N 33.183°E / 4.750; 33.183
Country  South Sudan
Region Equatoria
No. of counties: 8
Capital Torit
Government
 • Governor Louis Lobong Lojore
Area
 • Total 73,472.01 km2 (28,367.70 sq mi)
Population (2008 census)
 • Total 906,126
 • Density 12/km2 (32/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Eastern Equatoria is one of the ten states of South Sudan. It has an area of 73,472 km².[1] The capital is Torit.

Geography[edit]

The state shares international borders with Uganda in the south, with Kenya in the south-east and with Ethiopia in the north-east. Domestically, it is bordered by Central Equatoria in the west and Jonglei in the north. The Ilemi Triangle in the east, between Eastern Equatoria and Lake Turkana, is or has been disputed among all three abutting states (South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia).

Population[edit]

Peace agreement dancers in Kapoeta, Eastern Equatoria

Eastern Equatoria state is home to several different ethnic groups. The Toposa, Jie and Nyangathom live in the Kapeota counties in the east of the state. The Didinga, Dodoth and Boya live in Budi county around Chukudum. Further west, Lopa/Lafon, Torit and Ikwoto counties are inhabited by the Otuho, Lopit, Lango, Pari, and Tenet people who inhabit a portion of Lopit hills after they split from Didinga and Murle early in 19th century and Lokoya of Lowoi. The Acholi, Madi, Iyire and Ofiriha people live in the westernmost Magwi county.[2]

Most of the inhabitant of Eastern Equatoria live by subsistence farming, and also raise cattle, sheep and goats. Some of the crops are sold, while most are consumed locally. The Didinga Hills in Buda county have rich and fertile soil that is used for cultivation of tobacco, potatoes, maize, and Dura.[2]

Government[edit]

The executive head of the State is the Governor, who is elected. The Governor appoints ministers, advisors, and the Executive Directors to the Counties. The Counties in turn, are ruled by the democratically elected Local Government Councils headed by the County Commissioner [3] The state legislature is elected, with the first elections being held in April 2010.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Eastern Equatoria map.svg

Eastern Equatoria, like other states in South Sudan, is sub-divided into counties. These are further divided into Payams, then Bomas. Each county is headed by a County Commissioner, elected by the people of a County as the head of the local government in the County.

Counties were originally larger, but have been subdivided in part to ensure that the different communities have full representation. Thus Torit County was subdivided into Torit, Lopa/Lafon and Ikwoto counties, and Greater Kapoeta was divided into Budi County and Kapoeta county, which in turn was divided into Kapoeta North, South and East counties.

Counties and their commissioners as of 2011 were:[4]

County Capital Commissioner
Torit County Torit Felix Otuduha Siro
Lopa/Lafon County Imehejek/Lafon Caesar Oromo Urbano
Magwi County Magwi
Ikotos County Ikwoto Peter Lokeng Lotone
Budi County Chukudum
Kapoeta North County Riwoto Lokai Iko Loteyo
Kapoeta South County Kapoeta Martin Lorika Lojam
Kapoeta East County Narus Titos Lokwacuma Lotyam

Health[edit]

As of 2014, this is one of the last areas in the world where cases of Guinea worm disease are found, with twelve of the 17 reported cases occurring "in one small pocket of Eastern Equatoria State," according to NPR.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ South Sudan at GeoHive
  2. ^ a b "Focus On South: Facts About Eastern Equatoria State". Sudan Vision Daily. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  3. ^ Local Government Bill 2009
  4. ^ "Eastern Equatoria State". Gurtong. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  5. ^ Doucleff, Michaeleen (2014-07-08). "Going, Going, Almost Gone: A Worm Verges On Extinction". NPR : Goats and Soda. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 

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