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By Manyang David Mayar – Bor, Jonglei State

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Wednesday, June 06, 2018 (PW) — At the beginning of this year, my brother Zack Mayul and I engaged in one of very important discussions about New Year celebration. According to my brother Zack, each new day, each new month and each new year comes with a lot of suffering, too much injustices and all sorts of troubles to the people living all over the world. And for that reason, he finds it useless to celebrate New Year.

When I replied to him in disagreement, he remained silent and only promised to reply later in the year. This week, Zack revisited the discussion and reinforced his argument about why he thinks there is no reason to celebrate on New Year Day.

In his response – “Assessing our New Year’s prediction: A response to Manyang David Mayar”,  he talked about the suffering that people are still witnessing now in 2018. He argued that all the troubles and hardship of 2017 are still being seen today in June 2018.

I am really very delighted with the way he kept his promise. He has done exactly what he said five months ago and that is, without doubt, very commendable. Yes, he is right. We are almost half way through the year – our very New Year some five months ago. As I reply to him, I would like to pardon me to talk to Mr. Zack Mayul directly. Thanks.

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By Manyang David Mayar, Eldoret, Kenya 

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the new joke doing rounds in Juba: when attacked by burglars, call the police at your own risk.

January 9, 2018 (SSB) — I just discovered why my fellow South Sudanese who travel outside of the country’s capital return to Juba healthier compared to the time they left Juba. For the past many years, I have been seeing some South Sudanese leaving Juba to East African Countries in order to spend their holidays. Sometimes others go for training or for studies in Nairobi or Kampala, Addis Ababa or China and other foreign countries.

Most of them fly out of Juba International Airport or cross through the Nimule border with a rough skin and wrinkled faces. But when they return, they come back home with smooth skin; looking fresh and healthier than the time they left Juba.

I have been wondering what could it be – the thing that improves people’s health instantly in the foreign countries. I used to think it might be the cold nice weather in those countries that improve their health, or it might be the nice food or perhaps the free public transport that you don’t need to fight for like in Juba. Fortunately, a time came for me to experience the secret myself.

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By Manyang David Mayar, Eldoret, Kenya

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Happy New Year 2018 Junubeen

January 7, 2018 (SSB) — I enjoyed reading your article entitled Who really cares about the New Year 2018.”  And as I read through to the middle, I found out that the entire focus of your article was that there is absolutely nothing new under the sun. All the evil things people have done in 2017 will still happen in 2018 and all the hardship of life in 2017 will still remain the same in 2018.

And then I reach the conclusion. I was left with nothing else but a broken heart. I felt broken-hearted for the hopelessness I have seen in you. And I was thrilled to pick up my computer and spare some time to write some words of hope into your life and to try to make you become more proactive than reactive in your thinking and perhaps change the way you look at things.

Your article is a true demonstration of a reactive person. Qualities of a reactive person include those who look at the world in the third person rather than in the first person. People who complain a lot about what others have failed to do; People who ruin their future simply because others have failed to fulfil their expectations.

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By Manyang David Mayar, Juba, South Sudan

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The mysterious cross-shaped grass at Juba Teaching Hospital

December 12, 2017 (SSB) — Last week, Juba was shaken by the appearance of a green grass that grew in form of a Christian Cross at Juba Teaching Hospital. Eyewitnesses say, the grass wasn’t there the previous day but just appeared the following morning after one of the ladies saw a vision in her sleep.

In the following days, thousands of Juba residents poured into the hospital to witness for themselves. Upon seeing it, some bowed down to it and worshiped it as if they had seen Christ. Others willingly gave offertory in a carton box. And by a word of mouth the message of the Green Grass Cross spread quickly like wildfire to everybody. It rapidly dominated public talk in the streets of Juba and in public transport buses.

Many people agree that it was a miracle. But each person could only give his or her own interpretation of what the GGC miracle actually means. Other groups of people simply disagreed and refer it as false and misleading. As for me, I don’t know what exactly happened and how it happened. But I believe that God has a power of speaking to the people of South Sudan by the use of sign just like He (God) has done in the past in the stories of the Bible.

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By Manyang David Mayar, Juba, South Sudan

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President Salva Kiir Mayaardit, first president of the republic of South Sudan

September 2, 2016 (SSB) — President Salva Kiir is the elected president of the Republic of South Sudan. The fact that he comes from the Dinka tribes doesn’t qualify his government in anyway to be termed as a Dinka government. For quiet too long, people have failed to understand the difference between President Kiir government and his tribe.

Out of ignorance, people mistakenly and constantly refer Kiir government as a Dinka government. Mistakes committed by Kiir administration are treated as Dinka mistakes. And from time to time, the Dinka in different parts of the country have suffered untold suffering even death by those who think they want to fight Kiir government by fighting any Dinka that come their way.

For example, the cobra faction, the arrow boys, the white army and the Aguelek etc were all insurgences that rose up against Kiir government but only came to target Dinka people as their enemies. This includes the targeted killing of the Dinka people along all roads leading in and out of Juba including the current siege of Yei town. If you add up the number of those killed since 2011 until now, you will surely be surprised of the huge number of the Dinka people that have lost their lives when they were completely innocent of why they had to die.

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By Manyang David Mayar, Juba, South Sudan

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August 19, 2016 (SSB) — Although the United Nations could not protect a number of unarmed foreign nationals from rape, torture and killing of a South Sudanese journalist in Juba last July, the organization has carried out a successful evacuation of a South Sudanese armed opposition leader Riek Machar on Wednesday.

The news of the evacuation was both a great joy to supporters of Riek and also a heartbreaking and shocking story to millions of South Sudanese who would want to see this nation stay in peace and stability. Personally, I was hit by two emotions when I heard the news.

At first I celebrated the fact that Dr. Riek Machar was alive and breathing just like the rest of us would love to stay alive for as long as the creator allows. But a short while later, a sense of fear for the future took control over me. I couldn’t comprehend what the future holds for my wife, our one and half year old daughter and me.

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By Manyang David Mayar, Juba, South Sudan

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Dr. Riek Machar at the Mali vs South Sudan game in Juba, 4 June 2016

June 6, 2016 (SSB) —- On Saturday, First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar was delegated to open a football tournament between South Sudan’s bright stars and Mali at Juba National football Stadium. The most second powerful man in the country was accompanied by some other SPLM-IO top officials including his wife Angelina and Taban Deng.

There was a smell of military and power all around the ground. South Sudanese spectators and players were probably thrilled by the way high profiled leaders treated the game. But unfortunately, it turned out as if Machar presence and his IO team was a bad lack for bright stars and the nation as a whole.

First, it was the national anthem. Some minutes before the kick-off, the two teams had to pay allegiances to their respective countries by singing their national anthems. Visitors were allowed to do that first.

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By Manyang David Mayar, Juba, South Sudan

Riek Machar at the Emmanuel Jieng Parish, 22 May 2016

Riek Machar at the Emmanuel Jieng Parish, 22 May 2016

May 30, 2016 (SSB) — There was another drama on Sunday at Emanuel Parish, a church formerly known as Emanuel Jieng. It happened that a small group of unforgiving Christians who were not happy with Riek Machar visitation last Sunday chose to express their anger in the church. They were in black clothes and carrying posters with names of prominent Dinka Bor leaders who were killed during the December 2013 war. Authorities of the church didn’t like this.

Ushers were told to force the protesters out of the building and the whole process led into a fight. Someone among the congregation might have informed the police. And police forces rushed in to help calm the confused church find some peace. Sunday morning service was halted for a while and later continued without the presence of Holy Spirit, I believe. Many other things continued to happen including the resignation of the church’s Pastor in Charge and a long weeping closing prayer from retired Bishop Nathaniel Garang Anyieth.

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