The sad case of the late Gen. Laat Makoi: South Sudan national army, the SPLA, should learn to respect and honor their fallen heroes

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

Commander Deng Kelei

The late SPLA Commander Deng Kelei Chol

September 21, 2016 (SSB) — Revering the dead is culture of humanity. It is done in different parts of the world and by different communities. In Traditional American Indian burial prayer, for instance, the respect of the dead is shown in the way they are talked to as if they are alive and their prayer goes as follows:

When I am dead, cry for me a little. Think of me sometimes, but not too much. It is not good for you to allow your thoughts to dwell too long on the dead. Think of me now and again as I was in life. At some moment it is pleasant to recall. But not for long. Leave me in peace and I shall leave you too, in peace. While you live, let your thoughts be with the living.

As seen in the above prayer dead are part and parcel of the living community members and they must be respected.  In Traditional African Communities and in particular Dinka Community, Dead are respected because they are considered to be part of the living.

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Dr. Luka Biong and Dr. Jok Madut: Testimonies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, September 20th, 2016.

 “To a degree nearly unrivaled in Africa, South Sudan has no nationally unifying political figures with credibility or a constituency beyond their own tribe—or in most cases, beyond even a segment of a sub-clan of their tribe,” Kate Knopf at the U.S. Senate committee, September 20th, 2016.

“The country was born into too much wealth, resources that fell into the hands of the liberators who had not seen such wealth before and who clearly opted to pay themselves and went on a shopping spree, showing very little willingness or ability to develop programs to lift the country out of its war time miseries,” Dr. Jok Madut Jok at the U.S. Senate committee, September 20th, 2016.

“…speech by unscrupulous politicians that casts the international community as an enemy of South Sudan is misleading the soldiers and stirring up anger in the social media. These unprincipled adults need to be rendered powerless,” Dr. Luka Biong at the U.S. Senate committee, September 20th, 2016.

“South Sudan is not on the brink of state failure. South Sudan is not in the process of failing. South Sudan has failed, at great cost to its people and with increasingly grave implications for regional security, including the stability of important U.S. partners in the Horn of Africa. South Sudan has ceased to perform even the minimal functions and responsibilities of a sovereign state. The government exercises no monopoly over coercive power, and its ability to deliver public services, provide basic security, and administer justice is virtually nonexistent. While the Kiir regime may claim legal sovereignty, in practice domestic sovereignty is entirely contested and discredited,” Kate Almquist Knopf at the U.S. Senate committee, September 20th, 2016.

Find below the testimonies, PDF

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  3. testimony-by-peter-yeo
  4. testimony-by-dr-luka-biong-deng
  5. prof-paul-william-on-neo-trusteeship-on-south-sudan-002
  6. sharon-hutchinson-plan-b-peace-proposal-for-south-sudan

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The Sentry Corruption Report on South Sudan is far away from the truth and Unscientific

By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

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George Clooney with President Kiir, Dr. Riek Machar and VP James Wani Igga

September 20, 2016 (SSB) — Last week the famous friends of South Sudan, Mr. George Clooney and John Prendergast of Enough Project published their two years’ corruption investigatory report that detailed how Dr Riek, President Kiir and colleagues have deepened their wrong hands into South Sudan’s money and resources and used them for luxury and their comfort with their family members typically in foreign lands.

A lot of luxurious mansions and villas have been posted by the report featuring how these valuable properties are associated to the claimed individuals in the story. As a South Sudanese who have been in this country since the conception of Juba administration. I cannot for instance stand up and challenge the report. I can’t deny that our leaders might have ruined our resources and our economic stability. They might have misused our resources.

I can’t give detail either of how the money is being misused. However, I am only not pretty sure if the photos used in the reports are really the ones that justify the corruption in South Sudan, they might be the ones or there might be still more photos and banks’ accounts to reveal.

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Emergency—For Immediate Release: Urgent call for humanitarian aids in regard to over 70,000 people displaced by the floods in Fangak County

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Heavy flooding in Fangak County

September 20, 2016 (SSB) — An estimate preliminary number of over 70,000 people is affected and displaced by the current devastating floods in Fangak County. This came as a result of on and off or the recurrent heavy rainfalls which started since mid April 2016 in the County. Those heavy frequent rainfalls/rains accumulated water, later mixed with rivers water (Nile & Zeraf Rivers) is now caused overlapping of the people residential areas by the floods.

Literally, at the time of releasing this statement, thousands of floods affected and displaced people are in a dire need—very urgent need of Humanitarian Assistance/Intervention. The most and badly affected Payams/locations in Fangak County include Mareang, Toch, Old Fangak, Pulpam, Pagiur, Pulita and Barboi with massive displacements and an estimated descend number of about 19,000, 18,000, 15,000, 13,000, 8,000, and 5,000 respectively, almost the whole county is affected.

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Open Letter to H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit: “It is not too late to revive the bilateral ties and mutual co-operations with the USA for the sake of upcoming generations”

By Emmanuel Ariech Deng, Juba, South Sudan

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September 20, 2016 (SSB) — Some political analysts and observers have already expressed their disappointments and regrets of their open letters to you Mr. President! One of the writers actually said he is tired of defending President Kiir! But my case is different and the first of its kind; I will continue with the same spirit to avail my opinion support when it is necessary. Open letters generally, are part or parcel of advice of those who have no access to you in persons but might have better ideas of running the country and issues pertaining to possible solutions to the political crisis and a lasting peace.

Dear President, this open letter is meant to reserve the history of your presidency from slipping into a quagmire (“good beginning, bad ending”) that would automatically disregard previous achievements done by your government since the inception of interim period to independence and up-coming elections which are unpredictable. Mind u that, any leadership has an end no matter what! But what matters in most cases, is its legacy and impacts on the country’s people of both innocents and culprits.

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Dear Dr. Rita Abrahamsen: “We will prevail over the flaws of our leaders with the same will and resilience with which we fought and defeated colonialism.”

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September 19, 2016 (SSB) — We wish to respond to your letter to George Clooney of 15 September 2016, published on the website of the Centre for International Policy Studies.[1] We write not to defend Mr. Clooney but to correct some assumptions used to critique his work on behalf of South Sudan.

We were particularly troubled by your suggestion that South Sudan’s independence resulted solely, or mainly from the work of international actors; or some kind of ‘dumb stunt’ by a Holywood celebrity which has gone awry. We don’t deny that countless individuals, institutions and countries supported our tortuous route to liberty. We deeply appreciate the material and moral support we received.

Helping a people in need should never been seen as a mistake, cravings for fame, or self-exoneration –and certainly not in the case of South Sudan. As the tragic events in South Sudan have not shot Mr Clooney to stardom in the humanitarian field; it is unlikely that these can take shine off his stardom. No any other outsider to be blamed for creating the mess we find ourselves in today. As South Sudanese, we take responsibility for our successes and failures.

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By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

John Garang

The vision of John Garang

September 19, 2016 (SSB) — In the last two notes on this topic I argued that it was high time the SPLM-N started making serious concessions on the methods of executing its revolution. For many strategic reasons, time has come for it to drop armed struggle in favour of political struggle. Many have argued that the choice is Khartoum’s to make, while SPLM-N could only adopt a reactive posture. To some large extent that may not be far from the truth. Indeed, as it (SPLM-N) has already signed the Road Map agreement as part of a wider opposition umbrella, Khartoum is expected to reciprocate. However, it may not be the whole truth that SPLM-N’s choices are exhausted simply by signing a road map agreement.

Many South Sudanese agree that Juba must take its legal commitments more seriously; assuming that there are commitment gaps to be filled on its part, such as one in which SPLM-N commanders and leaders are told that they became foreigners from July 9, 2011 as far as Juba is concerned. And by being citizens of another state, the revolutionary ‘ball game’ has changed. Of course, they might ask for a barrel of salt just to stomach the news, but this is Juba’s obligation to initiate and commitment to make.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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September 19, 2016 (SSB) — In the middle of chaos, citizens are left confused and drained because of individuals’ interests. As we speak, the country is currently growing frustrated by the economy crisis that is moving at a fast pace. People are overwhelmed and they are increasingly worried about where this problem may end up. However, the schooled minds are creating more and more worrisome news than we can’t comprehend as a country in case of Marial and others. Even though I have been waiting to hear more about Abyei since Marial’s statement, but I have yet to hear anything.  So much of our focus has been on economy, peace, and security, but the Abyei issue continues to remained in the spotlight because of unknown sources and it bothers those of us who have known Abyei to be part of South Sudan all along. The aforementioned categories outweigh the issue of Abyei respectively right now.

Still, we must at least show respect and appreciation given what the people of Abyei are going through in the hands of the Sudanese government. However, there is often unexpected news that causes uncertainty in a country where little things have been known to cause a lot of trouble. Recently, the nation has been hit by horrible news out of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Marial Benjamin, who have called members and the backbone of our struggle Sudanese from the north. We are aware that Abyei has viable politicians, particularly those who have incredibly contributed to our struggle, however, some of us are trying to figure out where Marial with his unfounded facts regarding Abyei.

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“Creation of new counties or new states should be taken positive,” said Governor Philip Aguer

By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

Governor Philip Aguer of Jonglei state

Governor Philip Aguer of Jonglei state

September 18, 2016 (SSB) — The governor of Jonglei State Philip Aguer Panyang Jot said re-division of New Jonglei state into two or four more states should be taken positive as popular demand of the people.

Some communities in Jonglei state have reviled with incivility denouncing these popular call meanwhile others have thump up the incumbent leadership. In an exclusive interview with Mach Samuel Peter, Governor Philip said there are voices calling for new states something that should be welcomed. He said new Jonglei state can be divided into two or four states based on the will of the people.

“Even those campaigning for re-division of Jonglei state into two, three or four states, there is nothing bad with it as long as peace and sustainable security and unity among the people because administrative units should not be a basis for division they should be utilized to unify the people through  decentralization,” Governor Aguer said.

“The creation of new counties or new states should be taken positive,” Philip Aguer said.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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September 18, 2016 (SSB) —- Dear Jonglei state commissioners, congratulations to you all for winning ultimate conscience of our communities, and being the first commissioners of the new established counties of Jonglei state in Greater Bor community.  It is my pleasure to acknowledge this decision which was made by the state authorities as well as sons and daughters of our historic state of Jonglei.

As (we) the present generations of new technocrats and advance technology and development, we have seen developmental paradigm shift in our modern world being affected by ideologies of possible crisis, war/conflicts, upraising /revolutions, and kind of political shifts in divisions, hatred, selfishness, tribal mongers, trouble makers, thieves, robbers, corruptists, and amongst others as we know it very well that these issues also had  negative impacts in Greater Bor Community, (GBC) for example Bor Community has been the battle field  for Dr. Riek Machar forces for almost decades with the foremost intention to eliminate the community from the surface of South Sudan at its geographical area which I think and believed would not happened as his political ambition is concern.

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Bor County Youth Association: Congratulatory Message to H.E President of the Republic of South Sudan, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit for Creating 8 Counties to Bor Community

By John Garang Ayii Riak, Bor, Jonglei State

Gen. Wal AThieu posted with Defence minister and other generals during the launching of second phase construction of Bor-Juba road 29th January 2015 Picture by Mach Samuel

Gen. Wal AThieu posted with Defence minister and other generals during the launching of second phase construction of Bor-Juba road 29th January 2015 Picture by Mach Samuel

September 18, 2016 (SSB) — On the behalf of Bor Community Youth Association (BCYA) and on the behalf of the entire Bor Community, we would like to congratulate H.E the President Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, Councils of States and Jonglei State Governor for creating and giving 8 Counties to Bor Community in Jonglei State as the implementation of the Presidential decree order No. 36 of creation of 28 States which was issued in 2015.

The people of Bor Community whether within or in Diaspora have received the Order with excitement and they will stand behind the president’s Order and give it the support which it deserves in every single step it makes in the interest of peace, unity, stability and empowerment of the people. The decision of the president is constitutional because this order is a fulfillment of the SPLA/M’s vision of taking towns to the people and services closer to the people.

The constitution talks about decentralization and the people who have always ask for devolution of powers to the lower level of the government, so the president acted within the law to serve the interest of the people from whom the constitution gets the basis. It does not contravene any provisions in the constitution because Bor Community is the largest Sub-tribe in Jonglei State.

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What is wrong with Kolnyang County, Anyidi County, Makuach County, Baidit County, Jalle County, Maar County, Wangulei County, Kongoor County, Weernyol County, Payuel County, Pajut County, and Padiet County? Bor community needs rescue, URGENTLY

By Kur John Aleu, Beijing, China

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The newly appointed governor of Jonglei state, Col. Philip Agwer Panyang, with Defense Minister Gen. Kuol Manyang Juuk and Information Minister Michael Makwei Lueth in Bor, Jonglei state

September 17, 2016 (SSB) — A community which was known of its resilience, persistence, patriotism and as brainpower in the then Sudan and even among the Southern tribes is now getting fragmented both politically and socially from its known prominence, failing a simple task of putting her house in order with the whole of its diverse intellect.

The Giant Greater Bor Community association in the USA is dead, I called it giant because most of her members are presumably educated youth and therefore are expected to show high degree of political maturity and to act as agents of positive change back home.

The spirit of Borism, Twicism and Dukism is at a dreadful rise on social media with laughable egos…..  Fair distribution of political seats and administrative units is dead….accusations and counter-accusations on new discovered national political allies probably traceable to Dec 2013 is the order of discussions at tea places. Are we heading toward the right direction? I think No.

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By James Okuk (PhD), Juba, South Sudan

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September 17, 2016 (SSB) —- As my part-time top boss at University of Juba, I would like to thank the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Akec for keeping his private hobby of public writing. Many intellectuals of South Sudan and in many other African Countries abandon their hobbies when they become bosses. He needs to be appreciated and encouraged to keep up this consistency and freedom of expression.

What attracted my attention is Prof. Akec’s reference to St. Augustine and Thomas Hobbes to justify his apologetic defence of Juba’s suspicion and reservation on the awaited Regional Protection Force.  I’m saying this because I have been a lecturer of “Comparative Political Thought” in the esteemed University of Juba since 2012, both to Arabic and English patterned students of the Department of Political Science.

The evolution of political thought, some of which are practiced in many countries to date, is an area I have admired with great interest. Thus, I must thank the electronic engineer, Prof. John Akec, for becoming an active participant in the classic political field, though. I would have wished to invite him to attend a special lecture on the context and content on St. Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Hobbes and Jean Bodin who had put forward some rigorous political thinking in the history of human governance, especially in regard to ‘Sovereignty and the Sovereign’ in time of ‘Peace’ and ‘War’.

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By PaanLuel Wël, Juba, South Sudan

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September 17, 2016 (SSB) — Governor Philip Agwer Panyang, the governor of Jonglei state, has issued gubernatorial decree No 19/2016 for the appointment of 14 new county commissioners in Jonglei state. Below are the names of the new commissioners, counties and their headquarters, plus the respective communities that inhabit the new counties and their population according to the 2008 census.

 

S/No.

Name in full Name of County County headquarters Communities 2008 Census
1.        Hakim Ajith Buny Bor Municipality Bortown Nyarweng, Bor, Twic, Hol, etc. 61,716
2.        Deng Mabany Kuot Twic North County Panyagor Kongor, Adhiok, Abek 32,892
3.        Dau Akoi Jurkuch Twic Central County Wangulei Ayual, Dachuek, Awulian 21,121
4.        Daniel Deng Manyok Twic South County Adubaar Ajuong, Pakeer 31,336
5.        Deng Achiek Jok Duk Payuel County Payuel Nyarweng 13,919
6.        Michael Malual Wuor Duk Padiet County Padiet Hol 36,526
7.        Peter Latjor Chol Duk Panyang County Pajut Aborom 15,143
8.        Deng Mabior Deng Bor South County Chueikeer Abii, Nyara, Awan, Gol 40,058
9.        William Majier Alier Bor Gok County Kolnyang Adol, Gwala, Abang, Dala
10.    Mading Akol Biar Bor East County Anyidi Palek 24,882
11.    Nhial Awan Deng Anyidi-Makuach County Makuach Ater, Adumuor 29,412
12.    Deng Garang Deng Bor Central County Werkok/Kapaat Deer, Koch
13.    Simon Thon Ayuen Bor West County Baidit Angakuei, Biong 51,532
14.    Kuot Jok Lual Bor Athooch County Kactong/Yomciir Alian, Pathuyith
15.    Luis Garang Apiu Bor North County Jalle Juet, Abodit 13,506

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By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

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John Garang, Kerubino Kuanyin and Salva Kiir, with Aguer Manyok Aguer Deng (the young man) during the war of liberation

September 16, 2016 (SSB) — Most of the times when South Sudanese write against the intended invasion of their nation in the name of UN civilians’ protection force, they seem to be wrongly perceived as sightless supporters of the governing regime. And for that reason their ideas are ignored and never attended to by the so-called regional leaders and world superpowers while trying to quickly impose the coming of the 4000 UN troops into the country as if that would mark the end of the country’s problems.

The Africa Union (AU) as a continental political organization seems not to care about the pains and complaints felt and faced by some parts of its body. The African leaders mutely watch down the state of affairs in South Sudan as a lonely case and a prospect to create jobs and a forum to teach themselves participate in foreign and regional politics.

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United Nations Security Council Resolution on South Sudan is Horrible

By John Jal Wuor, Kampala-Uganda  

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September 16, 2016 (SSB) —- Unanimously adopting resolution 2304 (2016), the Council authorized UNMISS to use all necessary means to carry out its tasks in Juba, South Sudan on 12th August, 2016. The UN Security Council Resolution does not yield any meaning to citizens of South Sudan who have suffered from the crisis since the commencement of adoption of the resolution by world body.

The deployment of 4,000 UN troops into Juba is now delayed because of low action by United Nations Security Council in New York and the Peace Agreement will not be implement by both sides. The UNSC should put a pressure on President Salva Kiir’s cronies in order to accept peace in Juba.

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By Ustaz Abraham Mabior Rioc, Juba, South Sudan

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Team TEGSP

September 16, 2016 (SSB) — Throughout the world history, women have been marginalized and oppressed (still are today) by men because of their weaker position as disadvantaged minority in the society. Many people consider women as sex objects who are only kept to carry out home responsibilities rather than national duties. From some community perspectives, women have no rights to own property or speak out their minds for the things that matter a lot in a society. The underestimation of the importance, competency, and capability of south Sudanese women has been taken for granted and nobody seems to care more about them. The fact is, some men do not care much about the welfare of their women (including girls) simply because they are ignorant of them as people with no contribution in the community and treat them as minor personalities with minor roles to play in the social and political arenas.

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (article 2), everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. This Human Rights declaration is universally applicable to every member of human society living as part and parcel of humankind in the male-dominated world. The law implies that all women including girls should be treated equally along their male counterparts since they have the same sense and feelings of belonging to the human race.

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Bor County Education Mock Examination Results released

Posted: September 16, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Education, Junub Sudan

By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

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September 16, 2016 (SSB) — Bor county Education department released the primary eight results for candidates who sat the mock examinations last month with male students performing better than the female students.

The deputy director of Bor County Education Department Gabriel Panchol Anyang congratulates the teachers for their unwavering commitments in a statement extended to Dawn News Paper.

“My thanks and congratulations go to all those teachers who have made a contribution to the success and achievements that will be celebrated by high performing school from today. I know without the hard work of dedicated teachers I would not be able to stand before the education community today and say well done to hundreds of young candidates,” Panchol said.

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

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September 16, 2016 (SSB) — Governor Philip Aguer Panyang appointed 14 commissioners to run 14 counties in Jonglei State. I did not think it was a good idea to have more than 10 counties. But I must now concede defeat and say congratulations to all the new commissioners.

Second is the question of the commissioners themselves! Out of 14, I recognized 3 faces; two career commissioners and one familiar face (call him ‘a commissioner in the waiting’). I don’t have any idea what the rest were doing before September 15 or if they were waiting to be appointed commissioners too. If your commissioner was folding his hands and waiting to be appointed to political position, without trying any another avenue of life, then you are in trouble. It seems many of them are in this category and so we are in trouble. We have many boring commissioners. I might be wrong, but time will tell.

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Joint Commentary by Dr. Thoi and Diktoor Pal Chol, Juba, South Sudan

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Stop assuming

September 16, 2016 (SSB) — Comment by Dr. Loi: There is no medical diagnosis known as “Malaria typhoid” in the conventional medicine. Please be careful in terms of where you go for treatment in Juba. It is very unfortunate that South Sudan Medical Council is silence about the malpractices in the country. Malaria is a parasitic disease transmitted to human by mosquito. Typhoid is a bacterial infection acquired through dinking contaminated drink or eating   contaminated food.

Avoid mosquito and you will not get malaria. Ensure that you drink clean water and eat clean, well cooked food and you will not experience symptoms and signs of typhoid in your entire life. Those who are inventing a new medical diagnosis known as “malaria typhoid” need to check their medical knowledge and probably check their medical qualification as well.

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