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By Mayen Dengdit, Denver-Colorado, USA

face of god

Sunday, December 16, 2018 (PW) —- In the early morning of December 16th (according to western conception of night and day), which is the final hours of the night  of December 15th (according to African conception of day and night), I woke up from a strange dream . As human beings, we all have dreams, yet we loose details to tangible life issues and challenges; thereby relegating our dreams into oblivion.

But this dream was different and, according to me at least, worth sharing, since it’s about God and suffering women and children in South Sudan. But more so, because, as my close family member with whom I shared it morning told me: “seeing the face of God is  one of the great blessings of life” to me and the people I dreamed off. Without further ado, this was my dream, which I immediately put down writing.

 I dreamed that I was taking humanitarian aid to the Upper Nile region of South Sudan. I was on a wooden mid-sized boat with a few other people  (we were 9 in total on board), moving on the Nile and our mission was to take food items, including Corn Soya Blend (CSB), to malnourished people (women and children in particular) in isolated islands in the wetlands of Upper Nile. It was after sunset and was getting darker and ominous. (more…)

The Life of Late Ustaz Donato Deng Mayen Amet 

Posted: September 3, 2018 by mayendengdit in Junub Sudan, Mayen Ayarbior

By Mama Helen Achol Wour Abyei, Denver, USA

Ustaz Donato Deng Mayen Amet Ayalbior

Ustaz Donato Deng Mayen Amet Ayalbior

Sunday September 2, 2018 (PW)- The family of late Ustaz Donato Deng Mayen Amet held the annual memorial prayer service in Denver-Colorado on September 1st. For the occasion, I made this brief outline of the professional and eventful life of my principled husband, Deng Mayen Amet. I know he is in a good place now because he was a good man who served his people diligently and with all his heart.

  • Born in Gogrial State, Lukluk Payam around 1938.
  • He started school at Kwajok Boys Elementary School then went to Bussere Intermediate School then to Rumbek Secondary School. He later joined University of Khartoum where he studied BA Education.
  • In 1964 Ustaz Dengdit was appointed a teacher at Rumbek Secondary School which was the only secondary school in South Sudan. In Rumbek he taught many students who later became great civil servants and politicians in the country, most notable of whom was the founding father of our republic, great Dr. John Ganarng de Mabior.
  • In 1965 after the war intensified in South Sudan Ustaz Dengdit was imprisoned in Rumbek by the Sudan government because of his criticism of Khartoum oppression through community as-well-as teacher-student agitation, some of which was contained in his weekly high school newspaper titled “The Vision” which was pinned on a board in the school yard and where students were encouraged to participate. After his release from prison he went to Khartoum and worked as a teacher in Omdurman Secondary School. (more…)

Kabila’s Incentive to Leave Power

Posted: August 11, 2018 by mayendengdit in Junub Sudan, Mayen Ayarbior

By David Mayen Dengdit, Denver-Colorado, USA

Congolese President Joseph Kabila visits Angola [No Comment]

Photo: President Joseph Kabila’s last visit to Angola

Saturday, August 11, 2018 (PW) — Introduction: Breaking from the Pack: A true leader is that who is able to break from the pack and chart a new path for his people. He/she leads them out of misery into newer horizons. Congo DRC has been waiting for that leader for much too long. Finally, he has come through and the country will never be the same again.

Few days ago President Joseph Kabila of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) decided to leave power voluntarily through respecting his country’s constitutional term limits. That decision would sound normal for Ghanaians, Nigerians, or even Kenyans and Tanzanians who seem to have acknowledged the value and therefore respected Presidential two terms as a limit for any citizen who becomes privileged to serve his/her country at that capacity.

What makes young Joseph to become and African icon and statesman at the age of 47 is that he has had all the trappings of power at his disposal but, nonetheless, decided to look for even greater incentives to pass the torch to another competent citizen of DRC to continue from where he left. (more…)


Photos: Late Isaiah Abraham (top right) and Dr. Peter Biar Ajak (below) 

Thursday, August 02, 2018 (PW): Another activist in one of Juba’s national security detentions, another outcry from human rights organizations to release him, another family worrying about their son, and the count goes on and on. While brute force, assassinations and intimidation have been the order of the day, the struggle for dignity and freedom continues in South Sudan in all its forms and means.

The latest arrest of Dr. Peter Biar Ajak who is a founding member of the country’s Red Army Foundation is a clear violation of the constitution of South Sudan, media freedom and freedom of expression laws in the country. It is a violation of the country’s Bill of Rights which gives citizens the right to express their opinions and conscience, which are fundamental rights that are observed in all civilized societies, except when a government is in absolute and contemptuous disregard for its own constitution and national laws. (more…)

Peter Biar Ajak is a South Sudanese PhD student of politics and world affairs at Cambridge University in the UK; he was detained by agents of the national security at Juba International Airport on his way to Aweil for the celebration of Red Army Day.

Photo: Peter Biar Ajak- Arrested on July 28, 2018

By. David Mayen Dengdit, Denver-Colorado, USA

Thursday, August 02, 2018 (PW): The recent arrest of Peter Biar Ajak, a highly educated and vocal youth leader, has shed yet another spotlight on the state of media freedom and freedom of speech in the country. Well-meaning people and human rights organizations have called on the Juba regime to release him with immediate effect. But as President Kiir once stated in Parliament that he took no orders from anybody, this new addition of Biar Ajak  into the prisons of Juba and the call for his release may be treated with that unfortunate attitude of “we take no orders from anybody.”

It’s unfortunate that the authoritarian Juba regime does not borrow from dark pages of history that tyranny and oppression has never ruled a country forever – Never. When all is over, hopefully sooner rather than later, what happened in the country will never be forgotten. Arbitrary arrests, forced disappearances, assassinations of principled clergy and youth activists, ethnic war crimes, intimidation, pervasive rape, protection camps, refugees, etcetera, define one of the darkest pages in sub-Saharan Africa’s persistent experience with dictatorships. (more…)


By David Mayen Dengdit, Denver-Colorado, USA

18 million dollar bonus for MP

Thursday, July 26, 2018 (PW) — The famous phrase “Let them eat cake” has been used in revolutionary rhetoric to depict a state of total disconnect between the rulers and the ruled which precedes revolutionary overthrow of governments. It was made by Marie Antoinette (wife of King Louis of France). When she was informed about a deadly famine in the kingdom and miserable state of the peasants which reached the extent that they had no bread to feed their starving children, she replied: Let them eat cake!

That disconnect with the suffering of the people triggered the greatest revolution in modern history: The French Revolution 1789, which led to the storming of the presidential palace, abolishing of the monarchy, ousting of King Louis XVI and establishment of “The Republic.”  Of all those events, the most important was the issuing of “The Declaration of the Rights of Man [meaning human at that time] and of the Citizen.”

In that connection, over three centuries later news have trickled from Juba that Members of Parliament were given $40,000 each for buying cars and houses. This move has incensed South Sudanese everywhere in the world, particularly ordinary citizens within the country, refugees, IDPs, civil servants, and members of security organs. (more…)

By David Mayen Dengdit, Denver-Colorado, USA


Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (PW) — Reports have come out of Khartoum that President Kiir and Dr. Riek have agreed to have three capitals during a 36 month (three years) transitional period. The so-called “capitals” will be the same ones created by Khartoum in 1983 as part of a divide-and-rule policy towards South Sudan. These are the old regional capitals of Juba, Wau, and Malakal. They will serve as the seats of proposed three Vice Presidents.

While no one in his or her right mind might have anticipated anything closer to three regional capitals being proposed, Khartoum strategists were convinced that the only way Southerners can be ‘tamed’ would be through reversing their political independence. In other words: making South Sudan into three regions of Sudan to be governed by governors who will be called Vice Presidents – just to serve some egos.

And for that full reversal of independence to be complete, it must also be concomitant with reversing the country’s economic independence. This will be through taking away control of the country’s oil production from Southerners. Khartoum will not only take over physical control of oil fields, but it will also ensure high production levels and then disburse funds to the three regions of South Sudan. (more…)

By David Mayen Dengdit, Denver-Colorado, USA

Strutural Complexity for South Sudan Peace Process

Sunday, June 24, 2018 (PW) — In the last couple of weeks the citizens of South Sudan have been taken through hope and despair by the country’s politicians. After the abysmal failure of IGAD Revitalization Forum (and its unscrupulous envoys) to build a consensus among bitter members of the warring parties, heads of state have now taken over. Instead of those useless talks, the new initiative by IGAD’s heads of state and government decided to force a face-to-face meeting between the main protagonists in South Sudan’s senseless civil war, President Kiir and Dr. Riek.

Before the face to face meeting was held a few days ago, IGAD countries had bizarrely scrambled over which of them should have the honor of hosting that “breakthrough” meeting.  Addis, Khartoum, and Nairobi all had sought to host the meeting which eventually fell to Addis first, Khartoum second, and Nairobi third, in that precise sequence. Kampala, where final decisions are taken, has hosted the two leaders before, so it is not in the race. (more…)

By David Mayen Dengdit – Denver- USA

CEPO fact sheet on the power sharing arrangement

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (PW) — A couple of weeks ago I made up a hypothetical cabinet for a transitional government of South Sudan. Of course, as free citizens, we all have the right to exercise the privilege to choose those who should lead “our” country. We can do so at any time when we feel that objective conditions have robbed current leaders of legitimacy. And in our case, massive human flight, pervasive victimization of innocent non-combatant citizens of all ages- including children, documented ethnic-based war crimes, etc. constitute the grounds for automatic withdrawal of legitimacy from those who have abused the power of incumbency.

The power of incumbency includes: control over deployment of security agents as prescribed by the constitution of the land. Essentially, these entail military deployments for protection of national borders from external aggression, while other security operatives mainly police and prisons service to provide internal security.

The rest of other services controlled by incumbents are essentially economic in nature. These include regulating international, regional and national trade through setting up a taxation system to collect monies from the market and divert it to paying for other services such as healthcare, education, sports, improved agricultural production, and all other things that make living in a country a worthy experience for citizens. (more…)

By David Mayen Dengdit, Denver, USA

Arop Madut Arop's book

Monday, May 21, 2018 (PW) — I must begin with assuring my good Uncle Arop Madut Arop that my respect for him as an elder (not just a maternal uncle) is firmly rooted in that glaring aspect of our Dinka (indeed all African) culture which gives maternal Uncles a special; almost divine status among their nephews. In fact, Uncle Aropdit knows that he has been a role model for me personally and has earned our respect in the family due to his own personal attributes and long principled life experiences.

 I must admit that, given my long family and professional relations with him in which respect for him is a natural order, I may have stepped a certain cultural boundary by responding to his article, even though I (and those whose names were cited by him) may still be right to feel uneasy to be included in an article where “respect for elders” was the main advice. Hence, he has trapped me in those two coexisting uneasy conditions of right-wrong. It feels like that proven physical state of “cold-hot” which certain objects may possess at the same time.

It is not so long ago that my good and close friend Isaiah Abraham (whose name I have given my son) and many writers in South Sudan were killed by known gunmen just because of that unwarranted perception of disrespect in a political arena where they were equal citizens and stakeholders, not just young(er) men. Taking precious life has been the price of disrespect for President Kiir (real or perceived), and what a price it has been! (more…)

By David Mayen Dengdit, Denver, USA

Arop Madut Arop's book

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (PW) — I would like to begin with thanking Hon (Uncle) Arop Madut Arop for his professional advice to all upcoming writers – in his May 15 article on Panluelwel, titled “The President’s Incentive Remark Debate Versus the Use of English Language in South Sudan.”

As a seasoned journalist and writer, uncle Aropdit is well known and respected. As man I consider a maternal Uncle, I have closely known him for as long as I can remember in my almost five decades of existence. As a cultured Dinka man myself, I have always respected him.

Laying the ground for his contentions, Uncle Arop Madut said that: because of their mother tongue’s influence in their English language comprehension capacity, “many people in South Sudan appear to have misinterpreted the president incentive remark to suit their own design.” (more…)

By David Mayen Dengdit, Denver, USA

Salva Kiir

President Kiir paying his last respect during the public viewing of the body of the late Gen. James Ajonga Mawut, chief of general staff of the SPLA

April 25, 2018 (SSB) — Last week, in reference to opposition demands that you step down, you responded that you would not do it because “nobody can do it.” You were quoted as saying: “what is my incentive in bringing peace if it is the peace that I will bring then I step aside? Bashir did not do it when we were fighting with him.”

The question that pops into our minds would be: can a lucrative exit package be an acceptable incentive? What of an internationally and continentally brokered guarantee of temporary exile (only during the interim period), head of state level covered expenses, and no prosecution agreement?

My motive behind writing this notes is not cynical by any means, I am my own master of my conscience.  My motive is to draw the attention of president Kiir Mayardit, who I would want to be proud of as a citizen of South Sudan, to the fact that: aside from the presidency there are many other incentives that have made other African presidents quit. (more…)

By David Mayen Dengdit, Colorado, USA

Please find a link to my part one interview with John Tanza of VOA South Sudan in Focus. The link is here:


James Gatdet Dak, former IO spokesperson of Dr. Riek Machar, who is currently sentenced to death for treason and serving jail time in Juba, South Sudan

April 3, 2018 (SSB) — In the previous article I called on my good friend James Gatdet Dak to be released from detention. I will continue to base my argument on that the cross he is carrying is not his; but is for his boss Dr. Riek Machar Teny, for whom he worked as Press Secretary/Spokesman up to the time of his controversial extradition from Nairobi.

As I proceed with my contentions, I hope to objectively contribute to the already widespread public arguments and debates related to this case. I also hope that we debate this legal case logically, without the bitterness which has been characterizing all differences of opinions in the country.

I called his case a travesty of justice because the death sentence given to him was premised on a charge of treason. By its very nature, treason is a charge which presupposes the existence of a strong relationship of trust between the President and loyal citizens (civilians or soldiers- often employees in the Presidency, government, or the security sector) who plot to kill him or her. It implies a dangerous betrayal of that trust relationship.


By David Mayen Dengdit, Colorado, USA


James Gatdet Dak, former IO spokesperson of Dr. Riek Machar, who is currently sentenced to death for treason and serving jail time in Juba, South Sudan

April 1, 2018 (SSB) — I read the news in the media that my good friend James Gatdet Dak is sick in detention in Juba. This news touched me because I remember how Gatdet offered his assistance to me when I was appointed Press Secretary in the Office of the then incoming Vice President H.E. James Wani Igga. He talked to me and we exchanged emails where he sent me formats of the various documents that I would need to write or prepare.

His civility, graciousness, and willingness to help me put my feet into the big boots he left behind were amazing. In the country that is South Sudan of today, it is rare to find an outgoing officer helping the one who is taking his office and the immense privileges therein – at least at that time.

From my exchanges with brother Gatdet I came to a conclusion that I was talking to a man who was more educated, more experience, and more nationalist than I was. Even though we may be of the same age bracket, I honestly appreciated his demeanor and nationalist spirit and listened to his advice as I would with an older leader.


H.E. The Vice President

Republic of South Sudan

RSS- Juba

Subject: Resignation Letter

Mayen Ayarbior

David Mayen Ayarbior is the spokesperson of the South Sudanese Vice President, Hon. James Wani Igga

March 30, 2018 (SSB) — Sir, in reference to the subject noted above, I must begin with expressing my gratitude to You, Cde. James Wani Igga, H.E. Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, for being such a good mentor and political father figure to me.

As Rt. Hon. Speaker of NLA, ten years ago you employed me as Director for Legislation and five years later as Press Secretary in your esteemed Office upon assuming this great challenge. I have since learned so much.

I must also make it clear that your leadership style makes the office working environment such an easy place to be in. No one in his right mind would want to leave such a great environment. Furthermore, the group (my colleagues) whom you carefully chosen to be in your Office make that working environment even easier.


Energy Africa Conference 2017

Denver- Colorado, November 9, 2017

Remarks by David Mayen Dengdit, Press Secretary- Office of the Vice President

Republic of South Sudan

Title: Energy Security in South Sudan

tribalism in rss


November 12, 2017 (SSB) — I am honored to be part of this important gathering, Energy Africa Conference 2017. It would have been even more special if I attended and participated physically, not least because it is held in the beautiful city of Denver where my family and I spent more than two memorable years of our lives. Indeed, it is special because it allows me to speak about my country South Sudan and the potential it holds in terms of energy resources and challenges therein.

Like most sub-Saharan countries, South Sudan is a country rich in energy resources such as oil, hydropower, and solar. Around these resources, the country’s range of energy security issues may not be so different from its continental neighbors’, yet peculiarities would control the shape of solutions and predicted costs involved.


Seventh Sense

Posted: September 6, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan, Mayen Ayarbior, Poems.

When the nights’ swords became ploughshares

Soldiers’ mephitic bullets classroom chalks

Loathsome venomous vipers’ spittle vaccines

Stalker canines meekly sneaked into our realm

For their sixth and seventh senses humans lacked

Verified cloaked docile nature we often rescind.

When the calm moon’s face scorned with wrath

The sun’s life-giving shine maliciously scorched

Oceans and seas rose and forward marched

Eccentrically unveiling atypical intent to harm

Their eighth and ninth sanities faultily professed

That creation was meant for all except one.

David Mayen Dengdit, Juba – March 2014


By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

Ustaz Donato Deng Mayen Amet Ayalbior

Ustaz Donato Deng Mayen Amet Ayalbior

July 15, 2017 (SSB) — It has been three short months since our father, Ustaz Donato Deng Mayen Amet Ayalbior, passed on to the next world to join a community of those that have gone before him. The gap he left in our family as a father and moral authority is still huge. And even though we have all accepted the fact that it was his time to rest, given his long struggle with a host of stroke-induced ailments, we still wish it did not happen. I guess that is the same feeling of those who have lost loved ones.

On Saturday 8th July 2017, a belated final funeral prayers (the customary 40th Day Prayers) was conducted at the family home in Denver, Colorado (United States), where it was attended by relatives, in-laws and friends. Like during the prayers in Kuajok, his spirit was felt in Denver too.

After much hesitation, I decided to write this tribute to him, at least for those who did not get to know him. Not that they need it, but just for them to know about a South Sudanese teacher and one among the first generation of the country’s political pioneers who devoted their lives to country and profession. They were a different breed of politicians and intelligentsia, some of whom are still active today, may the Lord extend their lives for this country.


Why Have a Whole Ministry of EAC Affairs?

Posted: March 20, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Business, Economy, Mayen Ayarbior

By Mayen D.M.A Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

kuol manyang at the EAC summit

(R-L) Presidents Yoweri Museveni, Uhuru Kenyatta, Paul Kagame and South Sudan Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk at the 10th Summit of Heads of State of the Northern Corridor.

March 20, 2017 (SSB) — After last week’s Council of Ministers meeting we learned that South Sudan will establish a Ministry of East African Affairs. It is not too late to look at the pros and cons of such a decision. Considering that the peace agreement stipulated a specific number of Ministries and Commission as-well-as the costs involved in establishing a whole new ministry at this time of economic meltdown, people must be thinking about the usefulness of the new Ministry.

On one side, some analyses against the move would suggest that establishing specialized departments (Department of East African Affairs) at relevant Ministries such as those of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Trade and Commerce should be sufficient for handling various EAC related tasks. Alternatively, something like a Commission might also be sufficient.


By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

March 6, 2017 (SSB) — Amid skepticism and outright rejection from some circles, a Day of Prayer has been announced by the President. The people of South Sudan are called to pray for peace to return to this country. Let us all, inside and the Diaspora, Juba and Pagak bend knees down in supplication and pray together for this country.

If you are in opposition you must know that it is not for the sake of those who called for prayers (President Kiir and some Church leaders like our most graceful Emeritus Bishop Paride Taban), it is about the peace prayer itself. You may even refuse to participate in the National Dialogue to be followed. But let’s just do the prayers together for the sake of those orphaned children who are currently trapped in the death triangle of Upper Nile without food and shelter.