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South Sudan’s Jonglei population breakdown

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By Philip Thon Aleu

July 10, 2009 (BOR TOWN) – 1,358,602 people live in Jonglei State according to the fifth Sudan Population and Housing Census conducted in 2008, they represent about 16.44% of Southern Sudan population.

734,327 are males of all ages groups compared to 624,275 females. Bor County is leading with 221,106 people while Duk County trails with 65,588 people.

The State Director of Census and Statistics Commission, Thiong Akuei, released the results week. The distribution into 11 Counties of the State is as follows in a descending order:

Bor South [or simply Bor] County – 221,106, Uror County – 178,519, Pibor – 148,475, Ayod – 139,282, Akobo – 136, 210, Old Fangak – 110,130, Nyirol – 108,674, Khorfulus (now Canal) – 99,068, Twic East – 85,349, Pachala – 66,201 and Duk County – 65,588.

Government of Southern Sudan on July 4 rejected the 2008 population census results, saying it should not be used as the basis for allocating wealth and power sharing in the semi-autonomous region.

Thiong Akuei, the State director of census says people living in Jonglei are exactly as counted. He dismissed allegation that the results were manipulated to raise the population of South Sudan largest State.

Mr. Akuei spoke publicly for the first time in a church on Sunday July 5 in Bor town.

The figures of the census exercise conducted latest 26 years ago and after others are believed had been partial in the South.

In 1983, 5,329,267 people were counted in Southern Sudan – representing 26% of Sudan. According to 1983 census, Greater Equatoria represents 26%, Bahr-el Ghazal 43% and Greater Upper Nile 31% of 5,329,267. According to 2008 census, Greater Equatoria represents 32%, Bahr-el Ghazal 33% and Greater Upper Nile 35% of 8,260,490 people counted.

Southerners percentage representation has being dynamic since 1956 taking 27% of the Country then. In 1973, southerners made 20% of the nation and 26% in 1983. Southerners were 17% in 1993 during the civil war ended 2005 by a peace deal. 2008 census results show that 22% are southern Sudanese.

The census shows that there are more males (734,327) than females (624,275) living in Jonglei State – as in Sudan where males (20,073,977) outnumbered females (19,080,513). In Southern Sudan, 51.9% are males (4,287,300) and 48.1% are females (3,973,190).

72% Southern Sudanese are aged below 30 years. 14.9% are aged 5 years or less. Only 0.1% of people are aged 95 years and above in Southern Sudan.

Southern Sudan population has increased by 55% since 1983 despite two decades civil war were about 2 million people died. Northern Sudan population had increased y 101% in the last 26 years, according to 2008 census described by some officials in Southern Sudan Government as politically tampered counted.

In Jonglei State, 665,521 people are 16 years below while 693,081 are 17 years or above. In all age’s group, males beat females by substantial different in all Counties.

In Pibor County, the difference between males (76,018) and females (72,457) of all age’s group is narrowed to 3,561 but widen in Uror County to 20,033 between males (99,276) and females (79,243).

104,356 persons aged 16 or fewer years live in Bor County and only 32,433 people are in Duk County. Ages distribution in all Counties is relative to the overpopulation there, the result indicates.

The disputed census results also show that only eight (8) Counties in Southern Sudan make a count-up to 200,000 people and above.

Juba County (Central Equatoria), the seat of GoSS, leads with 372,413. Aweil East (Northern Bahr El Ghazal) follows with 309,921, Gogrial West (Warrap) – 243,905, Bor (Jonglei) – 221,106, Nassir/Luakpiny (Upper Nile) – 210,002, Twic (Warrap) – 204,905 and Yei (Central Equatoria) with 201,443 people.

Counties hosting states headquarters are most populated compared to rare counterparts, the results clarified.

Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly (SSLA) rejects the census results on ground that there is no officially approved Southern Sudan Census data-set and lack of base map or sample frame.

SSLA also argues that the two CPA (comprehensive Peace Agreement) partners – the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and NCP (National Congress Party) negotiate an acceptable ratio for calculating political representation or the accord milestone is not honored.

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  • 11 July 2009 03:27, by junub

    Any politician who deliver any political speech in the house of faith is moron. Sick and tide of these SPLM politicians who don’t read and understand the SPLM manifesto which called for the seperation of state from religion. Is there somebody there please to let these naive politicians know that we SPLM members don’t like hearing nor seeing any crappy politician addressing the nation in the church? I wish if someone could tell them to stop doing that. It so sickening. I just don’t get it really why is it so important to addresses people in the house of God. Will that means you’re working with faith and very in love to the nation? Of course not. Unless census was meant to count the SPLM religious people in Southern Sudan, but not the pobulation. Speaking of politics in the house of faith, is the ruining of the church. Very soon, we who want the separation of state from religion will moblized ourselves in the party and go against these buildings and its brain washers.

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    • 11 July 2009 09:02, by Michael Madit Magot

      Good that greater Bor south is leading in the jonglei census.
      Twic east should have been the second but why is it so small in number?.

      That raises an eyebrow.

      Good job jonglei.

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      • 13 July 2009 03:22, by Maper

        I don’t really believe the population of Bor South County (native’s population) is that large. As Bortown is in Bor South, everybody who lives there was counted as from Bor South including people from other counties and states. That’s what raised the population.

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    • 11 July 2009 09:21, by Sala Gai

      It’s ehetorically for Bor community to proud of their wise enough etile to work out alway for the rest to learn things which are suppose to be conducted in the development of the country which will show to the civilian that government working for right channel.

      show them your wise to the rest

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    • 11 July 2009 09:23, by bong suk

      To Philip Thon

      it is agood efford of have made to show the useless census result which are already rejected by the southern states except yours which is still silent upto now. dear philip, be accurate in realeasing the your informations to the public. it is now the fourthtime you have been committing the same mistake when you ahve all the supporting document on how the issue was settled .

      former Khorfulus name is not call canal if you really respect the filling of the local people ofthat particular county. the name is call (PIEGI) county as per the agreement on April 2009. please ,please i repeat do not repeat the same mistake once again otherwise the local people of PIEGI county will treat you as another traitor or trying to advocate a new problm on this county. it is very clear in all your reports that you have reached the apex of undermining the sevoreignty of PIEGI county but please do your work as jounralist and never try to add or subtract issues that may creat misunderstandings. ask properly if you don’t know wat and how to report about a certain entity. don’t repeat the same again . this is my second warning which will be limit in time to come.
      i hope you got me clearly.
      no thanks

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  • 11 July 2009 08:57, by Father Critic

    Dear Southerners Wherever you are,Population is not a big deal but commitment matter a lot.I don,t care whether they say what and what but provide that we know what we are doing.Let’s wait for 2011.I am very much sure about that 2011 will be the last kick of dying horse in Sudan.So don,t be hopeless please.
    Critic Ngueny from Bor town.

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    • 11 July 2009 13:42, by wet balet

      Dear Leaders

      It has been long discussion on population breakdown Since we are clear of the sheeting from North government Why don’t we cut short graduat to independent south than giving ourselves preasure and headache

      I think we are sure of our population and no one can stop us from our right. imegent China is having high population than other counties and they marriage one wife compare to our country where one man marriaged more than five women
      independent is the option

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  • 11 July 2009 23:43, by J.James

    Hi guys

    In simple terms, Murle community is here to place strong rejection to the figures as is given above both in national, regional, or state level.

    During the house census head count, Pibor was the only leading county in all 11 counties in Jongolei, reduction of Pibor population to 148,ooo plus is not mathematically correct. Though there was an indication that all of Pibor county was not covered, yet there is a believe that the counted heads must at least sum up to a figure which should not be less than 500,000 people. So the all thing is just fake behind reasonable doubt.

    In my believe, the population fugures might have either been manipulated in national or state level in order to serve the interest of those luny folks.

    So that is not Murle population and we have definitely rejected it.

    God bless

    The writer is always peace activist.

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  • 16 July 2009 07:57, by Johnny

    This census is nonsense, it’s not exactly as it suppose to be. Bor South and Twic East population is pointing to ?

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