Rubkona is located in South Sudan
Location in South Sudan
Coordinates: 9°17′37″N 29°47′21″E / 9.293485°N 29.789198°E / 9.293485; 29.789198Coordinates: 9°17′37″N 29°47′21″E / 9.293485°N 29.789198°E / 9.293485; 29.789198
Country South Sudan
StateUnity State
CountyRubkona County
1,300 ft (400 m)
 (2006 Estimate)
 • Total7,700
Time zoneUTC+2 (CAT)

Rubkona (or Rub Kona, Rub-Koni) is a town in Unity State, South Sudan. It lies on the northern bank of the Bahr el Ghazal River, connected via the El Salaam Bridge (The Peace Bridge) to the state capital, Bentiu.[1] This bridge was bombed by North Sudanese MiG-29 bomber airplanes on April 23, 2012, during the Heglig Crisis.[2] Rubkona is the administrative center of Rubkona County.[3]

During the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983-2005), conditions were extremely poor and dangerous. Refugees from the countryside moved to the town for greater safety.[4] After the peace agreement was signed in January 2005, there have been great improvements. However, most of those improvements were destroy following the outbreak of the South Sudanese Civil War in 2013.[5] It previously have a large market, and roads to the south were being greatly improved prior to the war.[1] In the rainy season, Rubkona is flooded. People must move from one part of town to another to escape the water.[4]

Bentiu Airport is located just north of Rubkona. Few kilometres north of the town, is also the UNMISS main base in Unity state where Protection of Civilian Sites (POCs) are being hosted. As of September 2020, approximately 167,856 IDPs were reportedly residing within the five PoC, or former-PoC, sites.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Embattled South Sudan's Bentiu emerges from war". Sudan Tribune. 25 May 2006. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
  2. ^ "Sudan MiGs bomb market in South Sudan". CBS News. April 23, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-24.
  3. ^ "Unity State Map" (PDF). UN OCHA. August 3, 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Sudan: ACF Nutrition survey - Preliminary results report, Rub Kona County, Unity State". Action Contre la Faim. 25 August 2008. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
  5. ^ "South Sudan conflict: UN says atrocities on both sides". BBC News. 2014-01-17. Retrieved 2021-06-19.
  6. ^ "Conflict Sensitivity Analysis: United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites transition: Bentiu, Unity State, and Malakal, Upper Nile State - South Sudan". ReliefWeb. Retrieved 2021-06-19.

External links

  • "Rubkona Satellite Map - 1:7.000" (PDF). UN Sudan Information Gateway. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
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