West Nile sub-region

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West Nile sub-region 1960s - 1970s
1. + 2. - original West Nile District until 1950s
1. - West Nile district 1960s - 1970s
2. - former East Madi District (later Adjumani District) since 1960s

West Nile sub-region (previously known as West Nile Province and West Nile District) is a region in north-western Uganda, Northern Uganda.


The sub-region is bordered by the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the south and west, by South Sudan to the north and by the Albert Nile to the east. The town of Arua, is the largest town in the sub-region. Arua lies approximately 420 kilometres (260 mi), by road, northwest of Kampala, the capital of Uganda, and the largest city in that country.[1]


West Nile sub-region consists of the following districts, as of February 2014:

The sub-region received its name from being located on the western side of the Albert Nile. Military leader and former president of Uganda, Idi Amin, first gained prominence in the West Nile region before staging a military coup and usurping Milton Obote in 1971.

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Coordinates: 03°00′N 31°12′E / 3.000°N 31.200°E / 3.000; 31.200