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State and County flags of South Sudan

Last modified: 2015-08-13 by bruce berry
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South Sudan is divided into ten states which correspond to the three historical regions of Sudan, namely Bahr el Ghazal, Equatoria and Great Upper Nile.  These historical regions are now sub-divided into the following states:

Bahr el Ghazal - Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Lakes State and Warrap;
Equatoria - Eastern Equatoria, Central Equatoria and Western Equatoria; and
Greater Upper Nile - Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.
Bruce Berry, 01 March 2012

Central Equatoria State

Image sent  by Vanja Poposki, 01 Jan 2012

Central Equatoria is the smallest of the ten states which make up South Sudan.  According to Wikipedia, it was formerly named Bahr al Jaba after a tributary of the the White Nile that flows through the state.  It was re-named Central Equatoria on 01 April 2005.  Juba, the capital city of South Sudan, is also the state capital of Central Equatoria.

After some searching, I'm sure that Central Equatoria state has changed its flag.  The new flag is green with white circle with state emblem, a rhinoceros, within and words "CENTRAL EQUATORIA  above the emblem and STATE below. Photographs  show the rhino facing left, while in others it faces right with no lettering. 

Previously the state flag had the state emblem in the centre of a white background.
Vanja Poposki, 01 Jan 2012

Eastern Equatoria State

Image by Zoltan Horvath, 29 Dec 2011

The flag of Eastern Equatoria state comprises four horizontal stripes of yellow, black and red with the state emblem or logo in the centre.  The yellow symbolises the state's rich mineral resources, while black represents the African inhabitants and red symbolises the bloodshed during the liberation struggle.  The green within the central oval emblem represents vegetation and agriculture.  The cheetah, described as "gently moving" symbolises the rate of development and the nature of the people of Eastern Equatoria who are always organised and quick to respond - taken from this source.

The previous flag of Eastern Equatoria can be seen in a photograph accompanying this article here.
Aleksander Nemet, 25 June 2011

Lakes State

Image by Jaume Ollé Casals, 14 Dec 2011

The flag of Lakes State has the emblem in the centre with the name of the beneath.  This design with a blue background replaces that where the state emblem was in a green roundel on white (see below), which is the basic design followed by the state flags in South Sudan
Jaume Ollé Casals, 14 Dec 2011

Image by Zoltán Horváth, 29 Dec 2011

Unity State

Image by Jaume Ollé Casals, 14 Dec 2011

Upper Nile State

Image by Jaume Ollé Casals, 14 Dec 2011

Ulang County (Upper Nile)

Image by Vanja Poposki, 25 Aug 2013

Ulang County is located in Upper Nile state and recently adopted its own flag.  The flag comprises three unequal horizontal stripes of gold, dark blue and gold with the emblem of the county in the centre of the blue stripe.  A black isosceles triangle is at the hoist with eight 5-pointed white stars placed along the edge of the top and bottom arms.

Western Equatoria State

  Image by Jaume Ollé Casals, 14 Dec 2011

Western Bahr al-Ghazal

  Image by Jaume Ollé Casals, 14 Dec 2011