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Pochalla County

Pochalla is a county in Boma State, South Sudan. Before the reorganisation of states, it was part of the Jonglei state. The capital of the state, where the governor and state parliament is located, is in Bor town, which is situated on the Nile River at the western end of the state. Pochalla is to the extreme east of the state, located on the border with Ethiopia. Much of the County is sandwiched between two rivers, the Akobo, which forms the national boundary to the east, and the Oboth to the west. The dominant people group are the Anuak who border the Murle to the west and the Nuer to the North, both of whom are cattle keeping tribes, who have a culture of raiding to increase their cattle numbers. To the east in Ethiopia the Anuak have had tensions with the government, so communications are weak.

With the exception of a few administrators and soldiers in the barracks, the entire population of Pochalla County is made up of Anuak. The Anuak are agricultural Nilotes, closely related to the Shilluk in the north and the Acholi, Alur and Luo to the south. Their culture and language is similar to the other agricultural Nilotes, but very different from the agropastoral Nilotes, the Dinka and Nuer. The Anuak people group span the international boundary, and are recognised as being in both Ethiopia and South Sudan.

According to the 2008 Census, the total population of Pochalla County was 66,201. As well as the local population, there are 3,662 Ethiopian refugees in Aleri. These are almost all of the same Anuak ethnic group.


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Latitude / Longitude : 7° 9' 53" N / 33° 55' 33" E | Time zone : UTC+3 | Currency : SSP | Telephone : 211  


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South Sudan, officially known as the Republic of South Sudan, is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa. The country gained its independence from the Republic of the Sudan in 2011, making it the newest country with widespread recognition. Its capital and largest city is Juba.

South Sudan is bordered by Sudan to the north, Ethiopia to the east, Kenya to the southeast, Uganda to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the southwest and the Central African Republic to the west. It includes the vast swamp region of the Sudd, formed by the White Nile and known locally as the Bahr al Jabal, meaning "Mountain Sea". Sudan was occupied by Egypt under the Muhammad Ali dynasty and was governed as an Anglo-Egyptian condominium until Sudanese independence in 1956. Following the First Sudanese Civil War, the Southern Sudan Autonomous Region was formed in 1972 and lasted until 1983. A second Sudanese civil war soon broke out, ending in 2005 with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Later that year, southern autonomy was restored when an Autonomous Government of Southern Sudan was formed. South Sudan became an independent state on 9 July 2011, following 98.83% support for independence in a January 2011 referendum.
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