Lakes (al-Buhayrat) was one of the ten states of South Sudan. It has an area of 40,235 km². Rumbek was the capital of the state. Lakes was in the Bahr el Ghazal region of South Sudan, in addition to Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, and Warrap states. Bahr el Ghazal itself was a former province which was split from the Anglo-Egyptian mudiriyat, or province of Equatoria in 1948. The eastern border was the White Nile with Jonglei on the opposite bank. To the northeast lied the Unity State. Other borders included Warrap State towards the northwest, Western Equatoria to the south and west, and Central Equatoria to the south.
|State of Sudan (1976–2011)|
State of South Sudan (2011–2015)
|•||Creation as a state of Sudan||1976|
|•||Became a state of South Sudan after independence from Sudan||2011|
|•||Reorganisation of states||2015|
|43,595.08 km2 (16,832 sq mi)|
Like all states in South Sudan, Lakes was divided into counties; there were eight counties, each headed by a County Commissioner.
|Cueibet||4,823.56||47,041||Kongor Deng Kongor? (SPLM)|
|Rumbek North||4,531.13||43,410||Stephen Mathiang Deng|
|Rumbek Central||3,866.85||153,550||Abraham Meen Kuc (SPLM)|
|Wulu||11,700.60||40,550||Stephen Thiang Mangar|
|Rumbek East||3,588.10||122,832||David Marial Gumke (SPLM)|
|Yirol West||5,024.84||103,190||Majak Ruei Angong|
|Yirol East||5,400.90||67,402||Manyang Luk (SPLM )|
|Awerial||4,659.10||47,041||Simon Aguto Kok (SPLM)|
The counties are further divided into Payams, then Bomas.
Lakes state is where most cycle of revenge and cattle raiding remained since CPA was signed in 2005 between Republic of Sudan and the former rebel the SPLA/M. Manyang Mayom, the Human Right journalist kept Engle eye on Lakes state issues to oppress the state government who used oppressive law on it citizen. Mayom was viewed as an Icon for his stand to protect human Right in Lakes state and across South Sudan. Mayom won Human Right Watch Award in August 4, 2010.