(Arabic: واو Wāw
; also Wow
) is a city in South Sudan
It lies on the western bank of the Jur River
, in Wau County
, Western Bahr el Ghazal State
, in northwestern South Sudan
. Its location lies approximately , northwest of Juba
, the capital and largest city in that country. The geographical coordinates of gthe city of Wau are: 7° 42' 0.00"N, 28° 0' 0.00"E (Latitude: 7.7000; Longitude: 28.0000).
Wau was initially established as a zariba
(fortified base) by slave-traders in the 19th century. During the time of Anglo
condominium rule in Sudan
, the city became an administrative center.
Burr and Collins in 1994 described Wau:* Burr, J.M. and Collins, R.O. (1994) Requiem for the Sudan: War, Drought and Disaster Relief on the Nile
. Westview Press, Boulder, CO, USA, p. 74 as follows:No one has ever been “at home” in Wau. Situated on the fringe of the Dinka country, it is surrounded by a host of disorganized and diverse peoples . . . It was and remains a town belonging to no single ethnic group, deriving its importance only from its position as a commercial and administrative center . . . Located in the midst of the vast Nilotic plain hundreds of miles from nowhere, it was miserable under the best of circumstances . . .
During Second Sudanese Civil War
, it was a garrison town
of the Khartoum-based Sudanese Armed Forces
, and was the scene of extensive fighting in the spring... Read More