Loyoro, South Sudan

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Loyoro is located in South Sudan
Location in South Sudan
Coordinates: 4°50′03″N 34°25′23″E / 4.834204°N 34.423149°E / 4.834204; 34.423149Coordinates: 4°50′03″N 34°25′23″E / 4.834204°N 34.423149°E / 4.834204; 34.423149
Country  South Sudan
State Eastern Equatoria
County Kapoeta East County
Payam Narus

Loyoro is a community in Eastern Equatoria state of South Sudan, about 50 kilometres (31 mi) as the crow flies to the north east of Narus.[1] It lies on the Loyoro River. Loyoro is part of the Narus parish of the Catholic Diocese of Torit.[2]

According to their tradition, the ancestors of the Toposa people settled at Losilang in what is now northern Uganda for a while, then drifted north in search of grazing. At Loyoro one group, the Nyangatom or Dongiro, went east, while the Mosingo and Kor sections of the Toposa, under pressure from the Turkana, moved west and had settled in Kapoeta by 1830.[3]

During the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983-2005) many of the people of the community fled, returning after signature of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.[4] As of 2004, the Catholic Diocese of Torit was operating a center at Loyoro serving the displaced.[5] The people later had difficulty gaining funding for reconstruction since they did not count as refugees or Internally Displaced People.[4]


  1. ^ "Eastern Equatoria State Map" (PDF). United Nations Sudan Information Gateway. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  2. ^ "Narus Parish". Catholic Diocese of Torit. Retrieved 2011-07-28. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Knighton, Ben (2005). The vitality of Karamojong religion: dying tradition or living faith?. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 63. ISBN 0-7546-0383-0. 
  4. ^ a b Brett Morton. "South Sudan". Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  5. ^ "The History and Parishes of the Diocese of Torit". Diocese of Torit. Retrieved 2011-07-28.