Jonglei, sometimes Junqali, is one of the 10 states of South Sudan. Jonglei is the largest state in the Republic of South Sudan, with approximately 122,479 km2, as well as the most populous according to the controversial 2008 census conducted during present-day South Sudan's second period of autonomy. Bor is the capital of the state.
It is the area of origin of the Second Sudanese Civil War that began in 1983.
Jonglei State is divided into 11 counties:
- Twic East County
- Duk County
- Bor County
- Akobo County
- Nyirol County
- Uror County
- Pibor County
- Pochalla County
- Ayod County
- Pigi County
- Fangak County.
Each county is headed by a Commissioner appointed by the President of South Sudan in conjunction with State Governor as per request of the local population. Jonglei State is inhabited by about almost five tribes namely the Murle, Jieng (Dinka), Nuer (Naath), Anyuak and the Kachipos at the border of Ethiopia in the East of Boma. Jonglei State is bordered by Ethiopia in the East, Eastern Equatoria at the South East and Central Equatoria at the South. For many years, Jonglei State had been the centre of politics backdated to the fail project of the Jonglei Canal and the Mutiny of the Anyanya 2 in 1975 and again in 1983.
- Governor: Kuol Manyang Juuk
Politicians from Jonglei
- Philip Thon Leek - MP representing Duk County
- February 21, 2014: Senior Church Leader Mgr Roko Taban Mousa said vast numbers of people are ‘in urgent need’ across his diocese of Malakal are risk of starvation as fighting continues after ceasefire. The diocese covers Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei states
- August 10, 2013: 328 people of Murle ethnic community believed to be killed in the July clashes
- December 22, 2012: SPLA shoots UN helicopter; Russia asks South Sudan for action
- November 28, 2012: South Sudanese Ambassador to UN stresses on resolution of South Kordofan and Blue Nile conflict
- November 14, 2012: Rebel activities intensifies in Eastern part of South Sudan
April 15, 2012
Government officials, UN representatives and close to thirty Rwandans participated in commemoration event held in Jonglei State to remember the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Governor of Jonglei State Kuol Manyang Juuk commended President Paul Kagame and other members of RPF for their intervention to stop the Genocide when the rest of the world had ignored it. "We have a similar conflict but the Genocide in Rwanda was of high magnitude in a very short time. God created us all and we all have the right to live, but some people think they have authority to take our lives away. There was no safe place for the Tutsi; not in church, not in schools and not in UN premises. The rest of the world should acknowledge the selfless work that RPF did to rescue innocent civilians.", Mayang said.
February 25, 2012
Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk signs into law the transitional constitution of the state. President Salva Kiir Mayardit attends the ceremony. Governor Kuol Juuk also retook oath of office.
February 2, 2012
United Nations relief chief visits Jonglei state where ethnic violence has displaced thousands of people. Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs said, “I am extremely concerned that humanitarian premises were specifically targeted, and we lost critical supplies, which slowed our relief operation. I urge all parties to respect humanitarian premises and personnel, so that we can help the people of Jonglei,”.
December 27, 2011
Disarmament exercise in the Jonglei state will being in January 2012, announces the Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk. Speaking about the recent attack on Lokwgagole payam, the Governor said that the immobility of the present police forces in the state were responsible for the failure to rescue the cattle.
December 23, 2011
Lou Nuer attacks the west of Lokwgagole payam and drives away thousands of cows
December 22, 2011
Governor of Jonglei State Kuol Manyang Juuk calls upon the communities in Jonglei to embrace peace during the Christmas holidays and beyond. Speaking at the National Parliament, Kuol said that the current security situation in the state is normal. Government and the United Nations are taking measures to ensure peace to prevail in the region, he said. Commenting on the death of George Athor, Kuol said that his death is another way of bringing peace to the people of the state as Athor was involved in supplying guns to the hostile communities disrupting the peace in the region.
August 19, 2011
At least 640 people are killed and over 861 injured when armed groups infiltrated into Peiri and Pulchuol Payams districts of Jonglei by neighboring Murle tribesmen. A team having various ministers and officials visited the region. The team included state minister of Public Service, Recheal Nyadut, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Gabriel Gai Riem, the Minister of Animal and Fisheries, Nyang Lul, two MPs of Uror County, Moses GatKuoth Lony and Moses Mayul Bol among others. Speaking at the Bor Airport, Gatkuoth said that women and children were the major victims of the clashes. Thousands of cattle are stolen.
July 27, 2011
Interior Minister General Gier Chuang Along accused politicians and intellectuals of causing problems at the grass roots level in Jonglei state at a meeting in Bor. The Minister said, 'We need to be united. Don’t just say unity, unity and as soon we disperse we say different issues, it doesn’t work'.
July 19, 2011
The Governor of Jonglei, Kuol Manyang Juuk called for the quick adoption of the country’s new currency released on Monday. Juuk said, 'This is a great achievement within few days of independence. It took some countries including our neighboring countries of Uganda and Kenya for example, time to introduce new currency when they got their independence'