The sub-region is bordered by the "Democratic Republic of the Congo to the south and west, by "South Sudan to the north and by the "Albert Nile to the east. The town of "Arua, is the largest town in the sub-region. Arua lies approximately 420 kilometres (260 mi), by road, northwest of "Kampala, the "capital of "Uganda, and the largest city in that country.
West Nile sub-region consists of the following districts, as of February 2014:
The sub-region received its name from being located on the western side of the "Albert Nile. Military leader and former president of Uganda, "Idi Amin, first gained prominence in the West Nile region before staging a military coup and usurping "Milton Obote in 1971.
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