Torit County

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Torit county
Torit county is located in South Sudan
Torit county
Torit county
Location in South Sudan
Coordinates: 4°25′N 32°34′E / 4.417°N 32.567°E / 4.417; 32.567
Country Flag of Sudan.svg Sudan
State Eastern Equatoria
Government
 • County Commissioner Felix Otuduha Siro[1]
Eastern Equatoria State – Torit County in the Southwest

Torit County is an administrative region in Eastern Equatoria State of South Sudan, with headquarters in the town of Torit, which is also the state capital.

Location[edit]

Torit County is located in Eastern Equatoria State, in southern South Sudan, close to the border with Uganda. The county is bordered by Lafon County to the north, Ikotos County to the east and south, Magwi County to the west and Juba County in the extreme northwest. (See map to the right).

The town of Torit, where the county headquarters are located, lies approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi), by road, east of Juba, the capital and largest city in South Sudan.[2] The coordinates of Torit County are: 4° 30' 0.00"N, 32° 30' 0.00"E (Latitude: 4.5000; Longitude: 32.5000).

Overview[edit]

Torit County is split into 8 payams. The payams that constitute Torit County include the following:[3]

  1. Bur Payam
  2. Ifwotu Payam
  3. Kudo Payam
  4. Hiyala Payam
  5. Himodonge Payam
  6. Imurok Payam
  7. Nyong Payam
  8. Iyire Payam


The town of Torit is the headquarters of Torit County, one of the eight (8) counties which make up Eastern Equatoria State. Torit is also the capital of Eastern Equatoria State, one of the ten (10) states which constitute the Republic of South Sudan. The Imatong Mountains lie partly in the southern part of Torit County and extend southwards into neighboring Ikotos County.

History[edit]

Torit County was formed in 1934 by the merging of the districts of Teretenya and Opari. Opari was the district administrative headquarters for the regions inhabited by the Lotuko (Otuho), Madi and Acholi ethnic groups. Torit county was adversely affected by both the Second Sudanese Civil War and by the activities of the Lord's Resistance Army. As late as 2006, a significant portion of its population was still internally displaced within South Sudan.

Population[edit]

The 2008 Sudanese census estimated the population of Torit County at approximately 99,740[4] Although these results were disputed by the South Sudanese authorities, they are the only recent figures available and form a basis on which newer studies can be based.

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Coordinates: 4°30′N 32°30′E / 4.500°N 32.500°E / 4.500; 32.500