Aweil, South Sudan

Aweil is a city in South Sudan and the capital of the Northern Bahr el Ghazal.

Mading Aweil
Aerial photo of Aweil (2007). The area has undergone significant development in the following years.
Aerial photo of Aweil (2007). The area has undergone significant development in the following years.
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Aweil is located in South Sudan
Location in South Sudan
Coordinates: 08°46′02″N 27°23′59″E / 8.76722°N 27.39972°E / 8.76722; 27.39972
Country South Sudan
StateNorthern Bahr el Ghazal
CountyAweil Center County
 • State GovernorTong Akeen Ngor
425 m (1,394 ft)
 • Total33,537
Time zoneUTC+2 (CAT)


Thatched huts in Aweil, South Sudan

Aweil is located in Aweil Centre County, Aweil State,[1] in northwestern South Sudan, near the International border with the Republic of Sudan and the Abyei Region. This location lies approximately 800 kilometres (500 mi), by road, northwest of Juba, the capital and largest city in the country.[2] The coordinates of Aweil are: 8° 46' 02.00"N, 27° 23' 59.00"E (Latitude: 8.7671; Longitude: 27.3998).


Aweil is the capital city of Northern Bahr el Ghazal. It is also the county seat of Aweil Centre County. The city's infrastructure is relatively developed. Aweil now has a functioning railway station, hotel, airport, soccer stadium, and a public hospital. The city functions as a team site for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. Several NGOs providing aid in South Sudan are based here.

The topography is flat and is prone to flooding, although the city itself lies on higher ground that the surrounding plains.[3] The city lies close to the confluence of the Lol River with the Pongo River. The average elevation of the city of Aweil is about 425 metres (1,394 ft) above sea level.[4] During the rainy season, the plain-dwellers seek refuge on higher ground in the city of Aweil.

Socially and economically vibrant, Aweil is one of the most peaceful cities within South Sudan's Ten States. Peace within the region has provided an economic boost, secondly most Aweilians remain unaffected by political decision making, they no longer have issues with cattle raiding and ethnic or tribal violence.


The population of the Aweil city fluctuates. During the dry season, the population is lower as the plain-dwellers return to the plains to tend to their gardens and harvest their crops. When the rains come and the plains flood, they return to the city, to escape the raging waters. In November 2008, Médecins Sans Frontières estimated the town's population at about 100,000, but there is no verified population figure.[5]


Madut Aluk's son Clement Ker, Real Madrid's Aweilian fan

Aweil is sporting town, it has many footballing clubs, it also has fans for Spanish major clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Aweil woman football coach, Awein Atak Makak



Aweil tar-mac road that runs and circles Aweil from Aweil East border to Koum. The road was built in 2010 in the governing time of Paul Malong as governor of Aweil

Aweil has a railway station on the line to Wau built in the 1960s. After a period of disuse due to civil war damage, the line and the station were restored to use in 2010. The railway passes through Aweil South County to Wau. Aweil is served by Aweil Airport to Juba. In 2012 the local airline stopped flying.[citation needed]


The current governor of Northern Bhar El Ghazal state is Tong Akeen Ngor.


University of Northern Bahr el Ghazal is located in eastern Mathiang residential area, just next to western UNMISS Compound.

Green Star Academy International School's pupils in 2021 primary leaving certificate, at Salam Girls School as an examinational centre


Aweil is also the seat of an Anglican Diocese. Bishop Abraham Nhial is the Bishop of the Diocese of Aweil and the Cathedral is Holy Trinity Cathedral in Aweil, a medium-sized building of brick contraction in the typical cross floorplan common to many churches in Africa.

Points of interestEdit

Aweil teak plantation which is found in southern Aweil, west to the railway that runs to Wau

The following points of interest are found in or near Aweil:

See alsoEdit

Notable people


  1. ^ "Additional Counties Established In Aweil East > Gurtong Trust > Editorial".
  2. ^ "Distance between Juba () (Airport) and Uwayl (Shamal Bahr al Ghazal) (Sudan)".
  3. ^ "Floods swamp south Sudan region". 1 September 2010 – via
  4. ^ Charter, International Air. "Aweil Airport, Sudan".
  5. ^ "Estimated Population of Aweil In November 2008". Archived from the original on October 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "High Level Delegation of UN Agencies and Members of the Donor Community Visit Joint UN Recovery and Stabilisation Programme in Northern Bahr el Ghazal". UNDP in South Sudan.
  7. ^ "Abraham Nhial Ministry".

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Coordinates: 08°46′48″N 27°24′00″E / 8.78000°N 27.40000°E / 8.78000; 27.40000