Warrap (state)

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Flag of Warrap
Location in South Sudan
Location in South Sudan
Coordinates: 8°10′N 28°4′E / 8.167°N 28.067°E / 8.167; 28.067Coordinates: 8°10′N 28°4′E / 8.167°N 28.067°E / 8.167; 28.067
Country  South Sudan
Region Bahr el Ghazal
No. of counties: 6
Capital Kuajok
 • Type Federalism
 • Governor Akech Tong Aleu
 • Total 45,567.24 km2 (17,593.61 sq mi)
Population (2008 census)
 • Total 972,928
 • Density 21/km2 (55/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Warrap, sometimes spelled Warab, was one of the 10 states of South Sudan.


The state is located in the Bahr el Ghazal region. It is bordered by the disputed region of Abyei to the north, by Unity State in Greater Upper Nile Region to the east, by Lakes State to the south, and by Western Equatoria State in Equatoria Region to the south west. The states of Western Bahr el Ghazal and Northern Bahr el Ghazal lie to the west.[1]


Warrap State has an area of 31,027 km². Kuajok is the capital of Warrap state, replacing Warrap. All states in Southern Sudan are divided in counties, each headed by a County Commissioner appointed by the President of the Government of Southern Sudan.[2]

County Area (km2) Population
Census 2008
Gogrial East 3,890.55 103,283 Akot Lual Akot
Gogrial West 4,754.37 243,921 Makuc Aruol Luach
Tonj South 7,449.73 86,592 Monydhiat Goor
Tonj North 11,012.05 165,222 Sijin Ayii
Tonj East 3,990.61 116,122 Biar Biar
Twic 3,922.65 204,905 Malek Ring Makuei

The state belongs to South Sudan after a successful succession from Sudan on 9 July 2011.


The state is home to the Luanyjang, Twic, Jur-Man Anger, Bongo and Rek subtribes of Nilotic ethnicity. The Twic and Rek are Dinka tribes. The main cities in the state are Gogrial, Kuajok,Warrap town, Alek, Tonj, Romich, Thiet, Turalei, Akuon, and Panliet. Other villages include Abi, Abiet, Abyor, Ador, Again, Agum, Agurton, Aidu, Ajako, Ajung Shol, Akiar, Akop, Alak, Amett, Ayen, Bir Di, Bir' Qurub, Bop, Dan Ageir, Duqduq, Faier, Faiwal, Fan Ashir, Fing Dit, Gwurra, Jangyang, Kwoit, Liet, Lut, Madeir, Mading, Majon Yom, Maiwai, Majok, Makwoich, Malual, Marial Bai, Maryal, Mashraar Ragg, Meding, Meshra Ashol, Moing Jang, Molau, Nyang Fing, Pankier, Piny Dit, Powang, Rumbel, Urao, Waratit, Wun Liet, Wun Rog, Wunrock, and Zungumbia. (Ajak-kuai)' ( Aweng)' (Tuaralei)' (Wun-rock)' (Mayen-Abun), ( Akoc ) (Pan-Nyok), Consisted: Aruet, Goi one and Goi two, Akak, You, Alueth, Luit, Liang Arol, Panbai, Leilei, Pabiny, Arieu, Kuang-agok, Makuen-cetuer, Gony, Cawieu, Manyang, Mading-Luit, Payieweng, Agunyo, Pan-Arieu, Bodor, MIT-Piny, Lac-Akak, Anab-riang, Pan-abii, Tumakon, Thak-ayen, Adol-you, Malual-Kiir, Panameth, Pagai, Bar-Malual chan, Athiim that are villages of Twic county and the rest are reserved

Upon his death in 2010, NBA basketball star Manute Bol was buried in the Warrap state in his hometown of Turalei.[3]

The president of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, is a native of Warrap State.[4] Alek Wek, a prominent International model of South Sudanese and British citizenship, also hails from the state.[5]


The current state constitution was adopted in 2008. Akech Tong Aleu is currently the Governor of Warrap state. Madot Dut Deng is the Speaker of the State Assembly/[6]


The main religion in Warrap State is Christianity, (Catholicism, Protestantism and other forms of Christianity). A sizable proportion of the population practices African traditional religions.[7]