Pochalla

Pochalla
Pochalla is located in South Sudan
Pochalla
Pochalla
Location in South Sudan
Coordinates: 07°10′48″N 34°06′00″E / 7.18000°N 34.10000°E / 7.18000; 34.10000Coordinates: 07°10′48″N 34°06′00″E / 7.18000°N 34.10000°E / 7.18000; 34.10000
Country South Sudan
StatePibor Administrative Area
CountyPochalla County
Time zoneUTC+2 (CAT)
ClimateAw

Pochalla (also Pochala, Pochella, Pachella) is a town in South Sudan.

Location

Pochalla is located in Pochalla County, Boma State,[1] in eastern South Sudan, on the International border with Ethiopia. The town sits on the eastern edge of Boma National Park. This location lies approximately 470 kilometres (290 mi), by road, northeast of Juba, the capital and largest city in South Sudan.[2]

History

During the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983 - 2005), Pochalla witnessed many atrocities and tragedies, as did most South Sudanese towns. The town and surrounding communities was home to the Anyuak of South Sudan.[3]

In January 2004, there were reports of Anuak refugees arriving at Pochalla who had fled southwestern Ethiopia as a consequence of the violent clashes between "highlanders" (Ethiopians originating from outside the Gambela Region) and Anyuak that had erupted in and around Gambela after the killing of eight Ethiopian Government refugee camp officials on 13 December 2003.[4]

Transport

The town is served by Pochalla Airport. The road network around Pochalla is very rudimentary.

In Popular Culture

Pochalla is a destination for the many South Sudanese who are chronicled in the nonfiction book "Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan."

References

  1. ^ "Baba Medan arrives in Pibor and appoints his government". Radio Tamzuj. 1 February 2016. Archived from the original on 19 August 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  2. ^ Estimated Road Distance Between Pochalla And Juba With Map
  3. ^ Lost Boys of Sudan Came From Around Pachella
  4. ^ "Relief Bulletin", 16 January 2004, UN-OCHA (accessed 27 February 2009)
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