Panyagor is located in South Sudan
Coordinates: 7°10′13.08″N 31°24′30.888″E / 7.1703000°N 31.40858000°E / 7.1703000; 31.40858000Coordinates: 7°10′13.08″N 31°24′30.888″E / 7.1703000°N 31.40858000°E / 7.1703000; 31.40858000
CountrySouth Sudan
CountyTwic East County
Time zoneUTC+2 (CAT)

Panyagor (alternatively spelled Panyagoor) is the county headquarters of Twic North County, Jonglei State, South Sudan.[1] Panyagor was the headquarters of Twic East County prior to that county's division in 2016 into Twic North County, Twic center County, and Twic South County.[2][note 1] Panyagor lies roughly 110 kilometers to the north of Bor Town, the capital of Jonglei State, and seven kilometers to the west of the Jonglei Canal.


Panyagor is commonly said to have once been a 'wut' (cattle camp) belonging to the Ayual community. Its possession was transferred to the Kongor community after the burial of the Kongor chief Aguir Deng there.[3]

Joseph Oduho, a founding member of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), was killed in Payagor on 27 March 1993. He had traveled there to discuss how to build a new coalition after the violent breakup of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) into rival factions.[4][5]

Cargo plane crash

A cargo plane chartered by Norwegian Church Aid and carrying material for a Lutheran World Federation WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project in Jonglei crashed in Panyagor on 14 November 2014.[6][7][8]

Overrun by Hippos

During the floods of 2013, which displaced many people and destroyed homes in Panyagor, parts of the town were overrun by hippopotamuses looking for pasture. The hippos trampled and destroyed dykes in the county and displaced people who "moved to higher grounds fearing being eaten by hippos."[9]


  1. ^ Prior to the opening of the Twic East County Head Office in July, 2015, the administration of Twic East County was housed in the former office of the Jonglei Canal Project (JCP) in Panyagor. (See Nikkel, Marc (2006). Why Haven't You Left?: Letters from the Sudan. Church Publishing, Inc. p. 119. ISBN 9780898697742.)


  1. ^ "Jonglei state governor names 8 new counties". Sudan Tribune. Bor, South Sudan. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  2. ^ Jok, Jacob (26 July 2015). "Twic East County Head Office Officially Opened In Panyagor". Bor, South Sudan. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  3. ^ Harragin, Simon (2011). South Sudan: Waiting for peace to come. [A] Study from Bor, Twic East & Duk Counties in Jonglei. Local to Global Protection (L2GP). p. 31.
  4. ^ Johnson, Douglas (31 March 1993). "Obituary: Joseph Oduho". The Independent. Archived from the original on 24 May 2022.
  5. ^ Johnson, Doughlas H. (2011). The Root Causes of Sudan's Civil Wars: Peace Or Truce. Boydell & Brewer. p. 119. ISBN 978-1847010292.
  6. ^ Panchol, Ayuen (14 November 2014). "Cargo plane crash-lands in Panyagor, killing 2". Eye Radio Network 98.6 FM. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  7. ^ Achiek, Jacob (14 November 2014). "Two Killed as Relief Supply Plane Crashes in South Sudan". Voice of America. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Two Dead, One Injured in Jonglei Plane Crash". Radio Tamazuj. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  9. ^ Awut, Rose (15 October 2013). "Hippos over run town: Twic East". Eye Radio 98.6 FM. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
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