/vahv, vawv/, n.vav./wow/, n.the 27th letter of the Arabic alphabet.[1825-35; < Ar]
* * *▪ The Sudanalso spelled Wautown, southwestern Sudan. It lies on the western bank of the Jūr River (a tributary of Al-Ghazāl River), about 140 miles (220 km) northwest of Rumbek. Wāw serves as a trading centre for the cotton, tobacco, peanuts (groundnuts), cereals, fruits, and vegetables grown in the irrigated area to the north and in the unirrigated south. Industrial products include processed and canned food, as well as wood and wooden products.Wāw is a centre of internal navigation on the Jūr River with routes emanating toward Bentiu and Malakāl. A road and railway connect it with Uwayl, and it has a domestic airport. An experimental rice research centre and a vocational training institute are located at Wāw. The town was the scene of antigovernment disturbances in 1965 in which a number of people were killed and much of Wāw was destroyed as a result of police and army action to put down the disorders. Peaceful conditions were restored after a massive reconstruction program was begun in 1972. However, much of the town's infrastructure fell into disrepair during the civil war that began in 1983 and continued until a peace accord ended hostilities in 2005. Pop. (1993) 84,000.
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