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|Nilotic peoples, esp. Luo peoples|
The Luo (also called Jo Luo and Luo of Bahr el Ghazal) are an ethnic group in western parts of South Sudan. They are part of a larger group of ethno-linguistically related Luo peoples of East Africa. They speak the Dheluo language which is a Northern Luo language.
The Luo reside in the Jur River and Wau counties of Western Bahr el Ghazal State and in Aweil Center County of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State. The Luo are also sedentary, meaning they have a centralized living area. They grow sorghum, cassava, sweet potatoes, and beans. They can fishing, hunting, and beekeeping, making them a well rounded society.
The Luo are one of the smaller tribes of South Sudan with population about 171,000 - by some accounts the Luo are the 8th largest ethnic group in South Sudan. They may be found in Aweil, Wau and Tonj states or in Tonj and Western Bahr el Ghazal and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states by the pre-2015 organisation.
A census conducted in 1983 put their population at 80,000.
- Joseph Ukel Abango, former Minister of General Education in South Sudan
- Gen James Ajonga Mawut, Army Chief of Staff in the Sudan People's Liberation Army
- Elias Waya Nyipuoc, first Governor of Wau State
- Mark Nyipuoch, former Governor of Western Bahr el Ghazal and Current Deputy Speaker of South Sudan's National Legislative Assembly
- Mary Jarvis Yak, Deputy Minister of Finance in South Sudan
- Archbishop Erneu Dut Wien, First South Sudanese Roman Catholic Bishop and Archbishop.
- Jarvis Yak, First South Sudanese Khartoum governor in 1960s.
- Joseph Garang, First South Sudanese to Graduate from Faculty of Law
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