|State of Sudan (1994–2011)
State of South Sudan (2011–2015)
|•||Creation as a state of Sudan||1994|
|•||Became a state of South Sudan after independence from Sudan||2011|
|•||Reorganisation of states||2015|
|37,836.69 km2 (14,609 sq mi)|
Unity, sometimes known as Western Upper Nile was one of the 10 states of South Sudan. Unity state was in the Greater Upper Nile region. It had an area of 38,837 square kilometres (14,995 sq mi). Unity was inhabited predominantly by two ethnic groups, the Nuer (majority) and the Dinka (minority).
The capital of Unity state was Bentiu. Before an administrative reorganization in 1994, Unity was part of a much larger province of Upper Nile, and the state was sometimes called Western Upper Nile.
Agriculture was the state's primary economic activity. The people of the state were nomadic agro-pastoralists who engaged in both agriculture and rearing of livestock, especially cattle. Farming was conducted during the rainy season although some cultivation also occurs during summer. Vegetables were not widely cultivated as most farmers were rural rather than urban, and therefore lacked access to markets for their produce. Some NGOs introduced farmers to the practice of cultivation for market.
Southern Sudan's first oil reserves were discovered here during the 1970s. The international oil companies which engaged in oil exploration contributed to massive displacement of the indigenous population.
In the state were some rich oilfields, including Unity oilfield and most of Block 5A. The Unity oilfield is within the largest hydrocarbon accumulation in the Muglad rift basin and contains an estimated 150,000,000 barrels (24,000,000 m3) of oil.
The Greater Nile Oil Pipeline begins in the Unity oilfield.
- Sudan, Oil, and Human Rights. p. 102.
- "New decree creates ethnic enclaves for Nuer". Radio Tamazuj. 2 October 2015.
- "Unity State Map" (PDF). UN OCHA. 08/03/10. Retrieved 2011-09-14. Check date values in:
- Human Rights Watch , 'Sudan, oil, and human rights', www.hrw.org, November.
- NPA Group 2008, 'Sudan - Muglad Basin' Archived 17 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine., www.npagroup.co.uk, 27 February. Retrieved on 5 March 2008.
- USAID 2001, 'Sudan: Oil and gas concession holders' (map), University of Texas Library. (Map shows location of oil field. Note that state borders are out of date.)