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Manyang David Mayar

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About Manyang
Manyang David Mayar is a seasoned journalist based in Juba, Central Equatoria, South Sudan, with a career spanning since 2007. His reporting, which currently contributes to the Voice of America, covers a broad spectrum of topics, including political, economic, and social affairs of the country. Mayar has established himself as a dedicated journalist with a particular focus on social issues, especially those affecting the education sector in South Sudan.

His work is notably recognized for addressing the challenges young women face in accessing education, such as the trend of school dropouts due to relationships with older men. Through his radio programmes and other media outlets, Mayar has been instrumental in bringing to light the detrimental impact these early relationships can have on the academic and personal development of young women. He is committed to exploring and advocating for solutions that encourage educational completion and empower the youth, particularly girls, in his region.

Mayar's journalism not only informs but also engages the community in dialogue about the importance of education and the social barriers that need to be overcome. His efforts reflect a deep commitment to fostering a better understanding of the complex dynamics within South Sudan and the potential pathways to progress, particularly in empowering the next generation through education.
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South Sudan Political Parties Contest Registration Costs

26 Mar 2024  |  www.voaafrica.com
Political parties in South Sudan have challenged the Political Parties Council over a $50,000 registration fee required to participate in the upcoming election. The National Democratic Movement criticizes the council for commercializing the election process, while the council's head has stated there will be no change to the fee.

Juba Gas Stations Defy Shutdown Order

15 Mar 2024  |  Voice of America
Some gasoline stations in Juba's residential areas are not complying with a government directive to close. A local resident has criticized the Central Equatoria State government for inadequate enforcement of the order, although the state government's security advisor reported the arrest of two individuals for non-compliance.

Press Freedom Concerns Rise in South Sudan Ahead of Elections

17 Jan 2024  |  voaafrica.com
The Union of Journalists of South Sudan is advocating for greater press freedom as South Sudan approaches elections later this year. The call to action follows incidents where two journalists faced intimidation and had their documents seized. Daniel Majak Kuany, the secretary general of the Union, expressed dismay at these events.

Reflections on 2023: South Sudanese Voices from the Streets of Juba

25 Dec 2023  |  voaafrica.com
As 2023 ends, South Sudanese in Juba share varied perspectives on a year fraught with economic difficulties. Some found it challenging, while others felt a sense of achievement. Manyang David Mayar documents these mixed feelings, engaging with locals about their recollections and experiences over the year.

Rising Boda-Boda Accidents in South Sudan Spark Urgent Safety Calls

22 Dec 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
In South Sudan, particularly near Juba Teaching Hospital, the increasing number of boda-boda motorcycle accidents is causing concern. Isaac Maker, the hospital's medical director, notes a high number of traffic accident victims, with fatalities being a common outcome. The World Health Organization identifies road traffic injuries as a significant global health challenge, with South Sudan's road traffic death rate estimated at 29.9 per 100,000 population. Factors contributing to these accidents include speeding, lack of documentation, alcohol consumption, and reckless behavior. First Lt. Ruei Mun Ruei of the South Sudan National Traffic Police calls for public cooperation in adhering to traffic laws, while boda-boda driver Augustino Motando stresses the importance of knowing and following these laws to prevent accidents.

Urgent Calls for Road Safety Enforcement in South Sudan

20 Dec 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Medical authorities in Juba, South Sudan, including Isaac Maker, the medical director at Juba Teaching Hospital, are raising concerns about the high rate of road accidents, particularly those involving motorcycles or boda-bodas. They are urging traffic authorities to enforce road safety laws more strictly.

Kiir Urges Peaceful Governance; UN Calls for Stability in South Sudan

29 Nov 2023  |  voaafrica.com
South Sudan President Salva Kiir, at the Governors’ Forum in Juba, called on state governors to implement the 2018 peace deal and adhere to the constitution and law. The UN Special Representative for South Sudan also urged the governors to promote peace and stability.

South Sudan Officials Say Measles Cases Rising in Maban County

17 Nov 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
In Maban County of South Sudan's Upper Nile state, health official Ochong Odok John reported that 300 cases of measles were recorded between June and November. The cases include refugees from Sudan’s Blue Nile State who are testing positive for measles.

Analyst Questions Diplomat's Call for Students to Join Ruling SPLM

14 Nov 2023  |  voaafrica.com
A South Sudanese analyst criticized the South Sudanese embassy in India for soliciting students to join the SPLM party led by President Salva Kiir. The South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson claimed ignorance of any such letter.

Civil Society Organizations in South Sudan Express Concerns

07 Nov 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Civil society organizations in South Sudan have raised concerns regarding the reconstituted National Elections Commission, pointing out that all members have political affiliations which may compromise the integrity of the 2024 elections.

Malaria Cases Overwhelm South Sudan's Maban County Authorities

05 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Authorities in Maban County, South Sudan's Upper Nile State, report several deaths from suspected malaria cases due to low supplies of medicine, leaving the population vulnerable. Bolish Yemobili, the county executive director, highlights the critical shortage of medical supplies. The situation underscores the health crisis in the region.

UNHCR Delegation Visits South Sudan Amid More Aid Worker Attacks

05 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
A high-level UNHCR delegation visited a refugee camp in Maban, South Sudan, amid ongoing threats and attacks against aid workers. Despite government efforts, the violence persists, impacting humanitarian operations. Recent incidents include the killing of an IRC aid worker in Unity State and the murder of Dr. Louis Edward Saleh in Panyijar County, leading to the IRC's withdrawal from the area. The South Sudanese government and local authorities are urged to enhance security measures to protect aid workers and ensure the continuation of essential humanitarian services.

Funding Shortages Threaten Hunger Crisis in South Sudan

04 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Over four million South Sudanese could face hunger due to funding gaps, as warned by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The lack of resources to provide life-saving assistance has instilled fear among some Internally Displaced Persons in Juba, South Sudan's capital.

South Sudan Minister: Elections Possible Without Permanent Constitution

04 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
South Sudan's Minister of Information, Michael Makuei, asserts that elections can proceed without a permanent constitution, despite challenges in implementing the 2018 peace agreement. He highlights the importance of laws in facilitating elections. The leader of the Other Political Parties group also acknowledges these challenges.

Residents Welcome CCTV Installation in Juba, South Sudan

03 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Residents in Juba, South Sudan, express approval of the newly installed CCTV cameras, believing they will enhance security and reduce crime. The South Sudan National Police Service supports this initiative, stating that the cameras will aid in apprehending criminal suspects.

South Sudan Oil Production Expected to Decrease

03 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
South Sudan's oil production is projected to decrease from 150,000 to 130,000 barrels per day next year, according to the country's finance minister. The Ministry of Petroleum is conducting an aerial survey in Jonglei state to identify new oil production sites.

South Sudan Finance Minister Plans Cutback on International Travel Spending

03 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
South Sudan's Finance Minister, Bak Barnaba Chol, announced plans to reduce excessive spending on international travels by cutting down on the number of officials and expenses. Analysts highlight potential challenges for the minister due to possible opposition from high-ranking officials.

South Sudan Political Party Leader Urges Equal Election Registration

03 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
The leader of the People’s Liberal Party, Peter Mayen Majongdit, calls on South Sudan’s Political Parties Council to ensure equality during the registration process for the December elections, expressing concerns that some parties might exploit loopholes. The head of the Political Parties Council assures that equal opportunities will be provided.

SSudan Association Welcomes Shipping Deal With Kenya

03 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
The South Sudan Freight and Forwarders Association is pleased with the new bilateral trade agreements between South Sudan and Kenya, which allow cargo destined for South Sudan to be cleared in Mombasa instead of Nairobi. This change is expected to help importers avoid double charges on goods. Manyang David Mayar reports from Juba.

Police Detain South Sudan Man Accused of Trying to Sell His Children

03 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
South Sudan’s National Police Service detained Jackson Maker for allegedly attempting to sell his two children at Juba’s Konyo Konyo market. Maker denies the charges, claiming he was seeking someone to adopt his children due to financial hardship. Authorities were alerted immediately, and Maker was detained. His brother, Nhial Thon Nhial, mentioned Maker's mental illness and inebriation. Human rights lawyer Biel Boutros Biel condemned the act, emphasizing the need to understand the underlying issues. The police will care for the children during the investigation, with support from the Ministry of Gender and Social Welfare.

Dispute Halts Fisheries Traders Union in South Sudan's Jonglei

02 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
In Jonglei State, South Sudan, the Fisheries Traders Union's operations have been suspended due to a leadership dispute. Conflicting factions clashed in Bor, prompting authorities to intervene and halt activities, raising concerns about the local fishing industry's impact.

S.Sudan's SSOA Condemns Alleged Cancellation of Event by National Security

02 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
High-ranking members of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) criticized the National Security Service for allegedly canceling an event organized to welcome back Lam Akol, a senior member of the alliance and leader of the National Democratic Movement, after his years abroad. The event's cancellation has sparked political tension, highlighting ongoing conflicts between the opposition and government security forces in South Sudan.

Calls for Death Penalty Rise in Response to South Sudan Lakes State Violence

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
The newly appointed governor of South Sudan’s Lakes state, Lieutenant General Rin Tueny Mabor, faces calls to implement the death penalty for those involved in inter-communal violence, cattle raids, and road ambushes. During a workshop in Juba, residents and traditional chiefs proposed 23 resolutions to curb violence, including severe punishments for murder and illegal arms possession. General Majak Akech of the South Sudan National Police Service supported stringent measures, including the death penalty, while emphasizing the need to strengthen local courts. The article highlights the challenges of nepotism and sectarianism in enforcing the law and the impact of violence on women in the community.

South Sudanese Activists Question Credibility of 2024 Elections

24 Aug 2023  |  Voice of America
South Sudanese activists are doubtful about the prospects of conducting credible elections in 2024, given the minimal efforts by the signatories of the 2018 peace agreement to create the necessary conditions. Skepticism is particularly pronounced among members of the People's Coalition for Civil Action, who question the possibility of free and impartial elections.

Sudanese Refugees in S. Sudan Find Solace in Profitable Business Ventures

28 Jul 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Sudanese refugees in Juba, South Sudan, are finding solace and stability through profitable business ventures. One refugee, who manages a restaurant, is also providing support to fellow Sudanese fleeing the ongoing conflict in Sudan. This report highlights the resilience and entrepreneurial spirit of the Sudanese community in South Sudan.

Sudanese Refugees in Juba Concerned About Missing Loved Ones

19 Jul 2023  |  Voice of America
Refugees in Juba, South Sudan, are facing the distress of being separated from their families amidst the fighting in Sudan. Since the conflict started on April 15, refugees are worried about the safety of their family members who remain in Sudan. The report is from Manyang David Mayar for South Sudan in Focus.

South Sudan's National Blood Bank Running Low

14 Jun 2023  |  voaafrica.com
On World Blood Donor Day, the director of South Sudan’s National Blood Bank, Gregory Wani, reported that the facility is nearly out of blood, with only five liters available, which is insufficient for the population of Juba city.

SSudan SPLA Soldier's Widows Demand Compensation

16 May 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Widows of South Sudanese soldiers who died during the war of independence are urging the government to pay their late husbands' pensions, feeling neglected despite their sacrifices. At a SPLA formation anniversary event, officials emphasized the importance of unity and peace to honor the fallen and ensure the country's progress. The historical context of the SPLA's formation and South Sudan's independence was also highlighted.

South Sudan Lawmakers Summon Ministers Over High Food Prices

12 May 2023  |  voaafrica.com
Lawmakers in South Sudan's National Legislative Assembly have summoned ministers to address the issue of high food prices amidst an economic crisis. The parliamentary committee expressed concern for the daily struggles faced by South Sudanese citizens.

Politicians: Sudan's Violence Could Affect South Sudan's Peace Implementation

10 May 2023  |  voaafrica.com
South Sudanese political parties express concerns over the impact of the conflict in Sudan on the implementation of South Sudan's 2018 revitalized peace agreement. There is a perception that Juba is prioritizing peace restoration in Sudan over their own peace deal implementation.

SSudan Youths Decry High Unemployment

10 Mar 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
South Sudanese youth are struggling to find employment and are urging the government to create more job opportunities. The lack of jobs is leading some to join groups involved in dangerous activities like cattle raids. A Labor Ministry official states that the government is collaborating with development agencies to provide more vocational training for the youth.

Millions of South Sudanese Children Remain out of School

01 Mar 2023  |  voaafrica.com
Kuyok Abol Kuyok, an official from South Sudan’s General Education Ministry, highlighted that millions of children, mostly girls, are not in school due to lack of access and teachers. The ministry is campaigning for education, particularly for girls, and President Salva Kiir has mandated free primary and secondary education in public schools. The Ministry of Finance and Planning released 1 billion South Sudanese pounds to support this initiative, targeting over 4,000 schools. Despite the directive, some schools continue to charge fees, and there are reports of headmasters facing consequences for non-compliance. A public campaign is planned to inform about the free education program. However, some parents and schools report not receiving the promised funds, resulting in children being kept out of school.

South Sudan Vice President Urges 'Reconciliation' Among Internally Displaced

20 Feb 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
South Sudan's Vice President Riek Machar calls for reconciliation among internally displaced persons, emphasizing the need to move past the bitterness of the five-year conflict and unite for the country's future. He encourages the displaced to start businesses and empower themselves despite the challenges, highlighting the importance of peace and unity for national progress.

South Sudan Civil Servants Struggle as Living Costs Bite

15 Feb 2023  |  voaafrica.com
Civil servants in South Sudan, including police officers and teachers, are struggling to cope with the high cost of living despite recent salary increases. A police officer, Moses Chandok, collapsed due to lack of food and inadequate income. Major General Daniel Justin acknowledged the widespread hardships among the organized forces. The Minister of Information, Michael Makuei, stated that salary increases are being implemented in phases. Benard Ladu, a head teacher, and Sadia Poni, an education ministry employee, expressed that their salaries are insufficient to cover basic needs and higher food prices. The government previously failed to pay civil servants for months due to a lack of funds.

Juba Back to Normal After Papal Visit

07 Feb 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Juba residents report a return to normalcy two days after Pope Francis concluded his three-day visit to the South Sudanese capital. The Pope's messages of peace and reconciliation continue to resonate with the local population.

South Sudanese Hope Pope's Visit Leaves Lasting Impact

05 Feb 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Pope Francis, accompanied by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the moderator of the Church of Scotland, concluded a visit to South Sudan, urging authorities to end violence and work for peace. He met with internally displaced persons, emphasizing the need for a new chapter of peace and respect for women's rights. The visit has instilled hope among South Sudanese, who face significant challenges including high rates of child marriage and sexual assault. The Pope also called for the protection and respect of humanitarian workers in the country.

SSudan's Central Equatoria to Close Night Clubs During Pope's Visit

25 Jan 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
The Central Equatoria State government in South Sudan has ordered the suspension of night club operations in Juba during Pope Francis's visit later this week. Night club owners have expressed dissatisfaction, arguing that the closure affects their right to earn money as thousands are expected to visit the capital for the pope's visit.

South Sudan Holding Six Journalists

07 Jan 2023  |  allAfrica.com
South Sudan's national security service has detained six journalists from the national broadcaster SSBC, reportedly in connection with a leaked video of President Salva Kiir. The Union of Journalists of South Sudan and the Committee to Protect Journalists are calling for their release, highlighting a pattern of arbitrary detention by security personnel. The detained journalists are being investigated, and authorities have yet to provide a formal reason for their detention.

UN Urges South Sudan to Fast-track Election Process

06 Jan 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
The United Nations has urged South Sudan to expedite its election process to meet critical benchmarks for credible elections scheduled for February next year. UN diplomat Nicholas Haysom emphasized the importance of addressing ongoing violence, which threatens the 2018 peace agreement. South Sudan's Minister of Information, Michael Makuei, assured that the government is finalizing requirements for free and fair elections and is taking steps to curb violence. UNMISS is actively working to prevent violence and support the peace process by conducting patrols and clearing roads to facilitate aid delivery.

South Sudan University Lecturers Go on Strike Over Pay

03 Jan 2023  |  voaafrica.com
Lecturers at the University of Upper Nile and two other public universities in South Sudan have initiated a strike. The Academic Staff Association at Upper Nile University has declared the university will remain closed until their demands are met. The Minister of Higher Education has labeled the striking staff as irresponsible but acknowledged that efforts are being made to address their demands.

South Sudan Cleric Sentenced to Prison for 'Insulting' President

21 Dec 2022  |  voaafrica.com
A special court in Juba sentenced a religious leader to nearly three years in prison for insulting President Salva Kiir. A relative of the convicted man, who identifies as a prophet, criticized the judgement as unfair.

Former South Sudan Governor's Sedition Charges Dismissed

09 Dec 2022  |  www.voaafrica.com
Former South Sudan Governor Kuel Aguer was acquitted of sedition charges after being detained for over a year. The judiciary was praised for its integrity, and the dismissal was seen as a victory for freedom of speech. Aguer, who co-founded the People’s Coalition for Civil Action, vowed to continue advocating for democracy and equality. The prosecution may appeal the decision. The case highlights ongoing tensions between civil society activists and the government in South Sudan.

South Sudan's University Staff Go on Strike

02 Dec 2022  |  www.voaafrica.com
Teaching staff at three of South Sudan’s five public universities have gone on strike over demands for better pay. The Upper Nile University Staff Association has given the government a one-week ultimatum to address their grievances.

South Sudan's Main Public University Appeals For Funding

17 Nov 2022  |  voaafrica.com
The University of Juba, South Sudan's main public university, is facing a space shortage due to a surge in student enrollment. The administration is seeking three million dollars to build new lecture halls to accommodate the growing number of students.

Abyei Residents, Leaders Welcome Extension of Peacekeeping Mission

16 Nov 2022  |  Voice of America
Residents and leaders in the Abyei Special Administrative Area have expressed their approval of the United Nations Security Council's decision to extend the mandate of the United Nations Interim Security Force (UNISFA) in the disputed Abyei region.

South Sudan Police Warn Against Anti-Government Protests

29 Aug 2021  |  voaafrica.com
The South Sudan National Police Service has deployed officers in Juba, warning against participation in anti-government protests organized by the People’s Coalition for Civil Action. The group claims the right to protest without police approval, citing constitutional rights. Police spokesperson Major General Daniel Justin stated the protests could cause disorder and are not allowed, urging organizers to coordinate with police for protection. Political tensions have risen after the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-Opposition fired three generals, leading to claims of First Vice President Riek Machar's ousting. Civil society leaders express varying opinions on the protests, with some supporting the expression of dissatisfaction and others urging restraint, citing the country's challenges. The Youth Union has advised young people to avoid the demonstrations, while the police have orders to arrest protestors.

South Sudan Marks Tortured Decade Since Independence

09 Jul 2021  |  voaafrica.com
South Sudan observes its tenth independence anniversary with little fanfare due to ongoing civil war, political instability, economic challenges, and a severe hunger crisis. The country has seen significant suffering since its secession from Sudan in 2011, with nearly 400,000 deaths before a 2018 cease-fire. The current government, led by President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar, remains fragile, and the peace deal's progress is slow, raising concerns of renewed conflict. Ethnic violence continues, and the World Food Program reports that 60% of the population faces severe food shortages, with some on the brink of famine.

Efforts to Boost South Sudan Agriculture Found Lagging

07 Jul 2021  |  www.voaafrica.com
South Sudan faces persistent food insecurity with 60% of its population affected, despite having arable land. The nation relies on imports for 80% of its food, with calls for oil profits to be invested in agriculture. Infrastructure challenges, inter-communal clashes, and the aftermath of the 2013-2018 conflict hinder agricultural development. Stakeholders emphasize the need for government support in road building, storage facilities, and modern equipment for farmers. Local NGOs have aided small farmers, but food insecurity remains. The agriculture minister highlights the importance of peace and international partnerships to improve food security and calls for societal involvement in food production.

Manyang David Mayar

02 Nov 2016  |  BBC
The article discusses a radio programme in South Sudan that addresses the issue of girls dropping out of school due to relationships with older men. The programme seeks to explore solutions to help these girls complete their education. It highlights a significant social issue in the region, focusing on the barriers to education for young women and the impact of early relationships on their academic and personal development.

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