Dear Manyang David Mayar,

This is June 1, 2018, so let’s glance back at our our new year’s predictions, and see how much has come to pass.

I read your thrilling article that you wrote on 7th of January 2018 as a response to my article, in which I foresaw what the New Year would look like.
Indeed, I must say, you had a very strong argument really and I enjoyed reading it. Kudos!

Some people who read your article in response to mine — especially the
part where you branded me as a reactive individual — had tried to attack you in their responses. On their behalf, I must apologize and tell you that you should not take anything to heart. This is an intellectual one
on one stage of thoughts; and, we are in a class, teaching society
that we hope would be better some day. Amen!

“Please, be advised that I am not here to dictate your happiness about
the New Year….” In my article, I knew there was a group of people
like you who would be touched and try to crucify me by all means for
melting down my heart or become a pessimist.

However, just like the well written Distributive Theory of Justice of
John Rawl that limits us to solutions of how the natural resources
like lakes, rivers, mountains among many, are to be distributed
equally, you focused on one side and did not offer solutions to why
you think the New Year would be celebrated by a young man like me, who hails from a country that is torn into pieces, where tribes, clans and
regions are turned to plowshares. How do you think I should celebrate
when the cholera that killed people in some part of the country last
year is still taking another fraction in my village or some parts of Africa?

David Mayaar, how do you expect me to feign and embrace what is
happening in the world right now? Noura, my half sister from Sudan was
recently sentenced to death just because she defended herself from a
man who was allegedly raping her. She was meant to offer herself to
defilement just because that is what the stupid law says against
women. Is that something to be proud of in 2018? I doubt.

The case of Libya slavery hasn’t ended, though the media is
just on a commercial break. This is one of the stories that really
daunted my days when I first read it. I can’t believe it can still
happen now if not some decades ago.

I have been reading your article over and over again for the last five
months, and whenever I come to conclusions, it seem you were literally
telling me that I should not worry about what is happening in Libya,
Burundi, Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and
Lebanon because they are none of my business, and they’re just
external forces that I have no solutions over them. You might be
right, if this is what you were trying to communicate, but do you
remember this famous story in the Old Testament? The story of Nehemiah
who was working in the Persian government as a governor, enjoying all the privileges that no any other Israelite under the leadership of
King Artaxerxes was enjoying more than him, but he was still having
the guts to get concerned about the welfare of his people. Why his
people were fending against their own God and why they were never following
their cultures.

“Your people shall be my people, and your God shall be my God…”words of Ruth to her mother in-law, Naomi.

Somalians who die everyday
in the hand of Al Shabaab, Libyans abd Africans, who are still being smuggled into Europe, the Oromos who died during that massacred, and the Palestinians who died everyday in Gaza are my people. This is one
reason why I cannot celebrate in 2018 when death toll keeps rising.

You seem so religious, I guess; so you know how humanity means to all
of us, isn’t it? Which was why Jesus, according to St. Luke Gospel,
came to earth to deliver us from the bondage of evil and die for our
own sins. Am I right?

Can’t you see the evil practices that Prophet Amos and Jeremiah
condemned in the Bible being practised in 2018?

The selling of fellow human beings to slavery, which is now being depicted in the case of Libya as mentioned before, dishonest businesses happening around the
globe, worshipping of idols, and immoralities, which you must have
heard or read about it.

Before you read and reply back to my article, come to think of this:
– how many girls in Masaai land would survive the FGM this year?
– how many girls like Malala are being denied access to education in 2018?
– how many death news do you expect to ymhear this year just because so
and so was attacked and killed in a cold blood in his own house by a man
who dies not know how to make good use of it?
– how many religious leaders around the globe would jive their
congregations and do what Brazilian Pastor did in 2015?
– how many times do you expect to hear that a gun was pointed on a black kid walking on a lone streets in U.S.?
– how many times do you expect to hear citizens storming the streets
protesting because the prices of necessity goods are above sea level?
– how many times do you expect to see bloggers discussing nudity of
innocent women just to earn a living?
– do you think that the case of a student and the lecturer at Makerere
could be the last event around at the university?
– how may times do you think leaders of a country like South Sudan to
go to Addis Ababa and negotiate their positions forgetting the welfare
of their subjects?
– did you think the case of employees transacting sex for promotions
would remain in 2017?

Come back home;
– there are some villages where people don’t attend to their farms
because they fear their dear lives.
– I know of a village where supper is never prepared past six o’clock
in the evening because it might never be supper.
– there is a region in the country where water born diseases are busy
killing people even now.
-there is a town in South Sudan where people don’t sleep because it
might be attacked any time.
– there is a pupil who cannot access classes in 2018 because no one is
able to teach him or her how to read and write.
– there is a parent or child that doesn’t know what to eat the next day.
– there is a soldier who goes to bed with an empty stomach.
– there is a teacher that goes to class minus a cup of tea.
– there is a student who has dropped out because his/her parents could
not afford to sponsor him/her, and
– also, there is a student that has been lying to the parents or a
relatives that he/she is studying in one of the universities in East Africa but has never attended any class. Instead, he is busy drinking in the bar whilst the only little wealth is invested in his education.

As an individual, who didn’t want to witness these things in 2018, I
find it, and I repeat, not necessary to celebrate the New Year even
now, because I didn’t want to see AU and IGAD mediating East African
leaders and reminds them that it is their citizens who will die of
hunger, being denied access to education, and have less developed
countries that could not compete with the rest of the world.

I didn’t want to see UN donating relief food, health services to the
refugees in 2018; instead, I wanted to see them go back home and
settle down as they take part in nation building.

I am not wishing for bad luck, but this is 1st of June 2018, and you
must bear with me that, only 10% of what I have mentioned above shall
be done before 1st of June 2019.
Thank you.


Zack Mayul studied Bachelor of Science in Marketing.
He can be reached on both Facebook and Twitter as Zack Mayul.

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