Yambio (Arabic: يامبيو‎) is a city in South Sudan.

يامبيو  (Arabic)
Yambio is located in South Sudan
Location in South Sudan
Coordinates: 04°33′54″N 28°22′30″E / 4.56500°N 28.37500°E / 4.56500; 28.37500Coordinates: 04°33′54″N 28°22′30″E / 4.56500°N 28.37500°E / 4.56500; 28.37500
Country South Sudan
StateWestern Equatoria State
CountyYambio County
650 m (2,129 ft)
 (2014 est.)
 • Total45,685
 • Ethnicities
Muliti-Ethinities but Azande are known to be the majority
 • Religions
Christianity Islam and African Traditional Religion
Time zoneUTC+2 (CAT)


The city is located in Yambio County, Western Equatoria State,[1] in southwestern South Sudan, close to the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its location lies approximately 444 kilometres (276 mi), by road, west of Juba, the largest city in South Sudan and the capital of that country.[2]


Yambio is the headquarters of Yambio County, in which it lies. It is also the capital city of Western Equatoria State, one of the 10 states that constitute the Republic of South Sudan. Following the attainment of independence by South Sudan in 2011, the main current concerns in Yambio include the following:[3]

  • Resettlement of new South Sudanese returnees especially from the Republic of Sudan, but also from other countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, and Uganda.
  • Security enhancement against the marauding Ugandan rebels known as the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), who have terrorised the region for the past decade or so.
  • Ensuring that the old residents and new returnees have enough food, now and in the future.

Population and demographicsEdit

Yambio and the surrounding communities are the ancestral home of the Azande ethnic group, who also inhabit in neighbouring countries of The Democratic Republic of the Congo and The Central African Republic.

In 1983, the population of Yambio was estimated at approximately 24,900, during the Sudanese national census conducted that year. In 2010, it was estimated that the town's population had risen to about 31,700 people.[4] In 2011, another source estimated the population of the town at about 45,400.[5] The table below summarises the population trends of the town, from all sources, for the last thirty (30) years. See table below:

Year Population
1983 (Census) 24,900
2010 (Estimate) 31,700
2011 (Estimate) 45,400


The main major Hwy that passes through The City of Yambio is Hwy A44-NW northbound to Town of Ri Rangu, while A44-W leads to Nzara and to the Town of Ezo at the border with the Central African Republic and to the Town of Tombura. Highway A44-E joins Highway A43 which goes east to Town of Maridi and far east to the South Sudan's Capital City Juba. Hwy A44SE branch off at A44-East in Maridi, and goes southeast to Yei Town in Central Equatoria State. Hwy A44-S goes to boarder Town of Nabiapai at the boarder of The Democratic Republic of the Congo and The Republic South Sudan. Yambio is also served by Yambio Airport (HSYA).[6]

Points of interestEdit

The following points of interest are located in Yambio or near the city limits:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Outgoing police spokesman to be Western Equatoria State police commissioner". Radio Tamazuj. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  2. ^ Map Showing Yambio And Juba With Distance Marker
  3. ^ Immediate Concerns In Yambio In 2011
  4. ^ Population Estimates For Yambio (1983 - 2010)[dead link]
  5. ^ Estimated Population of Yambio In 2011
  6. ^ [http://www.aviador.es/Airports-Maps-HSYA Location of Yambio bio Airport]

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