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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

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October 15, 2017 (SSB) — Suppose, just suppose it happens that we stop fighting one another, and the protracted civil war comes to a halt by chance, and all guns go silent around the entire country. What do you think would be bedeviling a peaceful South Sudan? It would be corruption, yeah, corruption.  Nothing else.

The astonishingly high level of corruption in our country, which is by and large overshadowed by the raging political instability, is something to worry about – should we one day get back from the insanity of tribalism.

With every entanglement of our country in the war every single day, corruption has concomitantly grown more and more vicious with it as well. The monstrous corruption – as it has become – is one of the major leading factors fueling the conflict.

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In the current diplomatic standoff between UNMISS and the government of South Sudan over the control of Juba International Airport (JIA), have the Regional Protection Forces (RPF) overstepped their UN mandate?

By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

August 28, 2017 (SSB) — Last week or so, there was an intense standoff between SPLA forces and the UN sanctioned Regional Protection Forces around the airport area, which prompted the government to ground UN flights in the middle of the feud.

The friction came about UN forces wanting to encamp around the airport, something the government said could not happen, as it was never stipulated in the agreement that they would be in that place.

Surely allowing this UN forces in the vicinity of the airport would have amounted to surrendering the sovereignty of our nation to a foreign force. Airport is such a vital installation in any country.

So the question is, what did they really want to go and do in the airport? To go and protect what there? Airplanes or what? Because you can’t tell me that there lived some civilians in the airport who needed protection.

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

July 9th celebration

July 9, 2017 (SSB) — Today, 9th of July, we celebrate our hard won independence from the North. It is the day we got rid of the chain of shackles such as oppression and injustice from our hands. It is the day we became decision makers of our own affairs. It the day we experienced what real freedom means. It is the day we became First Class citizens in our country.

It is the day we kicked our tormentors, who impoverished us for far too long and made us experience unimaginable suffering on our own land, out of our midst. It is the day we became architects of our own destiny but, sadly, so much failed to even lay a firm foundation on which to build on.

I salute our fallen heroes and heroines, without whom, we couldn’t be having a nation of our own today – South Sudan. They laid down their precious lives for us – the living to live on in peace. Their blood traded us freedom we now enjoy but which is under attack by forces not from outside but from within.

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

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South Sudanese youngsters, proudly showing off their natural, God-given skin.

June 16, 2017 (SSB) — It was a campaign kicked off to inoculate people with a vaccine that would serve as deterrent to future transmission of the disease. But instead of saving lives as it was intended, it just did the opposite, ending the lives of the innocent people. I’m just talking about the fateful measles vaccination in Kapoeta that saw 15 people lose their lives in the process of receiving the vaccines last month or so.

The cause of the deaths as investigated largely had to do with the way of the administration of the vaccine which was said to be abused. It was said teenagers, as young as 12 years and who were untrained as well, were the ones behind the administration of the vaccine. Can you imagine that a single syringe was said to have been used to vaccinate more than 20 people?

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

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Burnt oil tanker along the Nimule-Juba road, Sept 2016.jpg

June 9, 2017 (SSB) — There’s no day that passes out without reports of an ambush and killing of innocent passengers on major highways linking Juba, the seat of the central government, to the outside world.

Known for notoriety are the Juba – Nimule, Juba – Yei and Juba -Bor highways that have become more of butcheries than roads for transit of goods and people.

Scores of people from specific background have been targeted due to their affiliations to one tribe on these roads and sadly many are likely to continue to die there if nothing is done to stop these killing spree. People joke that if you have given up your life, try to travel through one of those roads.

One thing that pisses me off is the government’s incoherent response to every attack carried out on these roads. Instead of taking preemptive measures like – having an armed presence along the highways- to ward off such attacks, they only dispatch soldiers after an every attack when lives are lost already and carnage exerted. And I always be like, why do they have to deploy soldiers after an attack? To do what? To recover the corpses and protect them from decomposition or vultures?

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

Malong Awan Anei

May 12, 2017 (SSB) — Well, the firing of Paul Malong as the Chief of General Staff by President Kiir, came as shock news to many if not all people who heard it. No people even had that wishful thinking in mind. As known, Malong was seen as a right hand man to the President. He was the man tasked with the responsibility of transforming the army following the events of 15 Dec.2013. The boat needed someone like Malong at the time to steer it through the storms.

Indeed, he stepped up to the job and did amazingly well though and masterminded numerous victories against the rebels, who I guess, are the happiest people now celebrating his dismissal. He had the morale of the army raised high. King Paul, as he became known by his fans, was a no nonsense military guy who feared no evil, cared much about his country and who had  vowed to put an end to the lingering rebellion of Riek.

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

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The vision of John Garang

March 23, 2017 (SSB) — Admittedly, our country is saddled with host of problems it cannot afford but is being forced to carry. But how can we get the problems solved and by who and when?

I presume many people would be of the view that peace isn’t something we can deliver by ourselves as we have proved incapable. Yeah, in one or the way, they may be right.

But here is one thing. The truth is that the woes facing our country are as a result of our own making and can only be sorted out by us. Not by anyone from outside.

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

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February 27, 2017 (SSB) —- It was widely reported by the mainstream media such as, the BBC and Al Jazeera, in the past days or so that some parts of our country have been hit by famine.

You may excuse me if I may be behind the news but I thought it right that I should write this piece, however late it is, which I should have done some days ago but instead got preoccupied with other things.

When I learned that famine had struck, it took me by no surprise though as I foresaw it coming. Others could have easily forecast it too as famine is usually associated with areas convulsing of internal instabilities and strife.

In fact the whole country is acutely affected by famine not “parts of it” as initially pronounced. And also too, famine long existed on the ground before it was declared in the media and eventually got its way to the attention of the world.

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

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Battle for the soul of the SPLM party

February 6, 2017 (SSB) — As you may know very well that what we call a country of our own didn’t pop out of the blue. It was as a result of the sacrificial blood of our fallen and wounded heroes. We didn’t just think of secession overnight and then got granted self-rule the following day. NO.

It was a kind of perilous journey in which many of our compatriots perished in the course of fighting for our common cause of gaining independence. It was a difficult undertaking to be taken by cowards but our brave men dared to challenge the Goliath and won in the end.

We did really loose the best and the nicest of us. I salute them. Without them, we couldn’t be calling South Sudan – a country of our own now. Their blood traded us independence. Indeed, they were the true patriots who bought for us the invaluable thing – freedom.

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria University, Egypt

Obama’s Statement on US Recognition of the Republic of South Sudan, July 9, 2011.

January 21, 2017 (SSB) —- Well, yesterday was a day of joy and happiness in the USA. It was the day Donald Trump took oath of office to cap his improbable election victory of all times. It was the day too when Obama exited the doors of the White House for the incoming Trump administration.

Many Americans were in upbeat mood as they witnessed the colorful occasion of the swearing in ceremony. It has to be noted too that not all Americans were jovial. There were a handful of displeased Americans who were protesting in different parts of the US.

They fear that if Trump’s fiery rhetoric at the campaign trail defines his Presidency, he’s likely to plunge the country into chaos. So they had to carry out demonstrations, their birthright enshrined in the constitution, as long as it’s nonviolent.

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Why the guarantors of an everlasting peace and stability are the governed but not governments of national unity?

By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

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January 19, 2017 (SSB) — There’s no doubt that our country is in dire need of something that has become so difficult to get and that’s peace for all. I’m talking here about peace that lives for forever in every corner of our country but not the sort of peace that is found in certain places of the country while war rages on in other parts.

I mean peaceful coexistence where we can live and mix together with no suspicious looks at each other because of one’s ethnicity. Peace where one can go to anyplace in the country without fear of being targeted. Peace where people of different political affiliations can pat their shoulders and exchange pleasantries not punches.

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

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The Burden of Nationality

January 16, 2017 (SSB) —- I’m beginning to have an impression about some of my compatriots. They are just “all talk”. I’m sorry to say that.

It’s very real that we’ve got some people amidst us just there to talk trash against the moves of our government.

I’m not a big government fan though. So don’t brand me biased in my opinion. To be brutally honest. I’m yet to be impressed just like many others wanting better performance from the government. I’m just talking my free mind.

I came to learn of recent that our President has topped up our already existing 28 states to 32. I began to formulate an idea behind his reasoning.

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How we can right the wrongs that have beset our beloved South Sudan and why it needs everyone involved

By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

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Amiol (Twic Mayardit) Community conference of 2016: Appreciation and gratitude to all members for their generous contributions

January 14, 2017 (SSB) — South Sudanese have witnessed a lot of bloodletting. We have torn down to shreds what bonded us. It’s high time we should take a pause for a moment to ascertain what the hell is wrong and turn onto a new chapter.

We have become the laughing stock of the world for too long that it is unbearable anymore. It hurts me most seeing our country never missing international headlines often for bad reasons be looming humanitarian crisis, human cannibalism, rape, genocide and any other horrible thing you would imagine.

Everyone should have some soul searching. I mean all people of social stratification and class because they have stakes at hand.

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