Remembering a friend

by Bonifacio Taban

“John Manguet was a heroic reporter and a leader. He was loved and embraced in his community,” says Nigel Ballard, Internews Director of Community Radio.

That is John’s epitaph.

John was killed in the late afternoon of July 11, 2016 by South Sudanese troops embarked on an orgy of killing, rape and harassment.

John was 32 years old.

I met John in 2012. He was a reporter for a community radio station in Bentiu, South Sudan. I was freelancing in the town, which is a center of the oil industry, for the Voice of America and for The Niles news-site (

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