Juba Profile

Juba, the new capital city of the Republic of South Sudan, is one of Africa's fastest growing cities, not least due to the waves of Chinese workers who have moved there to help develop the area's oil industry. It is estimated that today Juba has a population of some one million, rising from 200,000 in just six years. The city is located on the White Nile and was effectively founded in 1922 by Greek traders, although the area had been a trading hub for Turkish traders from the 19th century. Juba is largely comprised of four areas. Firstly the Nile Camps which sit on the River Nile itself. These camps include the Oasis and Mango camps as well as a number of hotels and are the site of the recently repaired Juba Bridge. Juba Town itself, originally a small port on a tributary to the Nile, is home to the city's jail, police, banks and bureaus. Wizara Road hosts Juba's parliament and government ministries as well as offices for UNICEF and other organisations whilst Malakia is the commercial and shopping sector of the city.

Juba BridgeRubbish is normally piled up on the streets and set fire to whilst the city itself is strewn with makeshift buildings made of bricks with tin roofs. Some have described Juba as one big construction site and locals speak ruefully of the influx of foreigners in recent years that have created a relatively cosmopolitan society with Ugandan and Eritrean restaurants as well as Kenyan food kiosks. European style casual dress is the norm.

Nearly everything in Juba is shipped in by road from Uganda so disaster struck in November 2011 when a Ugandan truck laden with cement caused one side of the British built quarter of a century old bridge to collapse under its weight. There were concerns that if the entire bridge collapsed, Juba would have been cut off from eastern South Sudan which would seriously have impeded the construction of a new highway from Juba to the Ugandan border. This new highway, since opened, is hoped to improve trade with Uganda and Kenya and help bring down food and other prices.

Ironically independence for South Sudan has hit educational provision in the new country with 70% of teaching staff at the University of Juba leaving to flee to Khartoum leaving just 150 workers for 11,000 students. This video of Juba gives a good look and feel of the city.



 
 
 
 
 
 


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Juba Profile

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