Wau, South Sudan

Wau, South Sudan

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Wau, South Sudan

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Wau (Arabic: واو Wāw; also Wow or Waw) is a city in South Sudan.

Location

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).

History

Wau was initially established as a zariba (fortified base) by slave-traders in the 19th century. During the time of Anglo-Egyptian 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...
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