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Karkaraya is located in Sudan
Location in Sudan (South Kordofan highlighted)
Coordinates: 11°17′20″N 29°54′41″E / 11.28889°N 29.91139°E / 11.28889; 29.91139
StateSouth Kordofan
Time zoneCentral Africa Time, GMT + 3

Karkaraya (Arabic: كركارية), or Karkaria, is a town in South Kordofan, Sudan, that is 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Kadugli, the state capital.[1][2]


It has been a site of conflict in recent years, especially during the War in Darfur[3] and the ongoing Sudan war, which started on 15 April 2023.[4]

In August 2022, Karkaraya was attacked by armed groups, resulting in livestock theft, the capture of nine locals and one fatality. The National Umma Party was urging for state intervention and cooperation from the Sudan People's Liberation Movement for the release of captives and return of the stolen livestock. The government was held responsible for any fallout from this situation.[5][6][7]

In July 2023, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement–North led by Abdelaziz al-Hilu (SPLM-N El Hilu) took control of the Karkaraya crude oil pumping station, which is located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south of Delling.[8][9] This happened after the Sudanese Armed Forces battalion present at the station withdrew. The SPLM-N El Hilu force stationed at the Karkaraya station notified the workers to return and practice their work normally.[10][11]

Health issues

In 2008, in Karkaraya, the local community faced health issues due to contaminated water. The villagers were sharing an unprotected haffir (a traditional Sudanese water pond) with livestock, leading to a high risk of contamination. A Village Health Worker (VHW) from Karkaraya brought this issue to the attention of Medair's Water and Sanitation (WatSan) staff in Kadugli.[12]

Medair proposed the use of household bio-sand filters, which had been successfully implemented in other Southern Kordofan villages. The village leaders were enthusiastic about this plan and agreed to arrange for community members to be trained in filter-construction by Medair. After an initial hiccup where no one showed up for the training, a week later, all the people were ready to be trained. By mid-April, Medair had arranged a four-day training for five filter-makers, who then started constructing the filters.[12]


  1. ^ "Rauda Ayub, 28, fled the civil war in Sudan years ago and only returned to her village of Karkaraya, about 30 km from the main town of Kadugli in the state of South Kordofan in 2003. Like most of the state the village has inadequate water and sanitation f | The New Humanitarian". 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2024-02-01.
  2. ^ "Sudan: Rauda Ayub, "Life will improve when we have roads and a hospital" - Sudan | ReliefWeb". 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2024-02-01.
  3. ^ "Displacement rises amidst SRF attack rumours in Kadugli". Radio Tamazuj. Retrieved 2024-02-01.
  4. ^ Lisa (2024-01-09). "South Kordofan's Delling 'calm again' after RSF-rebel clashes". Dabanga Radio TV Online. Retrieved 2024-02-01.
  5. ^ "مسلحون يقتلون اثنين ويأسرون 8 في جنوب كردفان..وحزب الأمة يستنجد بالحلو". 2022-08-16.
  6. ^ "نبض السودان | الامة القومي يطالب السلطات بالتحرّك لإيقاف نزيف الدمّ بـ"كركارية"". (in Arabic). 2022-08-16. Retrieved 2024-02-01.
  7. ^ "الأمة القومي يطالب الحكومة بالتحرك لإيقاف أعمال العنف ب(كركراية)". سودارس. Retrieved 2024-02-01.
  8. ^ SudanTribune (2023-07-19). "SPLM-N launches fresh attacks in South Kordofan amid calls for ceasefire". Sudan Tribune. Retrieved 2024-02-01.
  9. ^ "Clashes renewed in South Kordofan between SPLM-N and the Army – Darfur24 News Website". 2023-10-09. Retrieved 2024-02-01.
  10. ^ Camille (2023-07-18). "Sudan army clashes with RSF and SPLM-N El Hilu in South Kordofan". Dabanga Radio TV Online. Retrieved 2024-02-01.
  11. ^ "نبض السودان | غارات جوية وقصف مدفعي ثقيل على تمركزات المتمردين". (in Arabic). 2023-06-22. Retrieved 2024-02-01.
  12. ^ a b "Sudan: Water, hygiene, and communities in Southern Kordofan - Sudan | ReliefWeb". 2008-12-29. Retrieved 2024-02-01.
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