Nasir, South Sudan

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Nasir is located in South Sudan
Location in South Sudan
Coordinates: 8°36′N 33°4′E / 8.600°N 33.067°E / 8.600; 33.067Coordinates: 8°36′N 33°4′E / 8.600°N 33.067°E / 8.600; 33.067
Country  South Sudan
State Latjoor
County Luakpiny/Nasir County
Time zone UTC+3 (East Africa Time)

Nasir is a small town in Latjoor, in the Greater Upper Nile region of northeastern South Sudan.[1]

The town is on the north side of the Sobat River, about 30 kilometres (19 mi) from the Ethiopian border. It is the administrative center of Luakpiny/Nasir County.

Early days[edit]

Charles W. Gwynn passed through this town while he was reconnoitering the Ethiopian-Sudan border in March 1900. There he found "a young Egyptian officer in charge of a small Government post, but he apparently had had no communications with anyone since the river Sobat had fallen, and was anxiously awaiting its rise in hopes of a steamer to replenish his stores."[2]

Man and children outside building in Nasir.

Civil war[edit]

SPLA-Nasir, a splinter faction of the Sudan People's Liberation Army active from 1991 to 1994, derived their name from the town because it was their base.[citation needed]

In 1991 local rebel leader Riek Machar used Nasir as his base of operations. There he met Emma McCune, a British aid worker who he later married. She was to die in Nairobi in November 1993 in a traffic accident. In May 1991 large numbers of refugees fleeing the civil war in Ethiopia descended on Nasir, swelling the local population from a few hundred to tens of thousands.

UN Operation Lifeline Sudan subsequently used Nasir as a major distribution point for WFP food distributions and UNICEF operations. These included rinderpest vaccinations of the local cattle population, meningitis vaccination programs, seed and tool inputs as well as emergency feeding programs.

The local airstrip is reputed to have been built by the RAF in the 1930s as a point en route from Khartoum to Nairobi. It was used as a fuel stop for RAF aircraft operations in North and East Africa.


  1. ^ "President Kiir appoints members of Latjor state parliament". Sudan Tribune. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  2. ^ Gwynn, "The Frontiers of Abyssinia: A Retrospect", Journal of the Royal African Society, 36 (1937), p. 157

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