Western Bahr El Ghazal


William Tong Uruan

Ag.State Coordinator


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The State covers an area of 93,900 sq.km consisting of three counties, Jur River, Wau, and Raja County, and 38 payams. It borders Central African Republic, Warrap State, Northern Bahr el-Ghazal state, Western Equatoria state and Southern Darfur state in the North.
The State capital city is Wau which is also the regional capital for greater Bahr el-Ghazal region that is comprised of Warrap state, Northern Bahr el-Ghazal state, Western Bahr el-Ghazal state and Lakes state.


The exact number of the people living in the state is not yet defined since the results of the April 2008 census have not been released.

The town centers are more populated than the rural areas. Looking at the sex ratio, there are more females than males. The overall life expectancy is 50 years.


The climate is tropical, annual temperature ranges from 38ºC to 40


C with rainy season from April to November.


Culture and Languages

The main ethnic tribes in the state include: Dinka, Jur chol, Valenda, Ndogo, Keresh, Bongo, with different languages. Dinka, Jurchol and Valenda languages are considered as the state local and official media for communication respectively. But also other languages are spoken.

Three Counties of Western Bahr el-Ghazal

  • Jur River
  • Wau
  • Raja