Acholi

Acholi

The Acholi are an ethnic grop from Northern Uganda and Southern Sudan. Acholiland is an inexact term that refers to the region traditionally inhabited by the Acholi.

About Acholi

Acholi (also Acoli) is an ethnic group from the districts of Agago, Amuru, Gulu, Kitgum, Nwoya, Lamwo, and Pader in Northern Uganda (an area commonly referred to as Acholiland), and Magwe County in South Sudan. Approximately 1.17 million Acholi were counted in the Uganda census of 2002, and 45,000 more were living in South Sudan in 2000. The Acholi language is a Western Nilotic language, classified as Luo, and is mutually intelligible with Lango and other Luo languages. The Song of Lawino, one of the most successful African literary works, was written by Okot p'Bitek in Acholi, and later translated to English. Acholiland or "Acholi-land" (also known as Acholi sub-region) is an inexact term that refers to the region traditionally inhabited by the Acholi. It is composed of the districts of: It encompasses about 28,500 km (11,000 square miles) near the Uganda-Sudan border.

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