Magai Matiop Ngong

Teenager faces execution

Magai Matiop Ngong was 15 when he was convicted of murder. The school student, who loves running and gospel singing, had no lawyer to help him until after the trial. Although he told the judge his age and that the killing was an accident, he was sentenced to death by hanging.

Now 17, Magai is on death row in South Sudan’s capital, Juba. He survives on the hope that his appeal against execution will succeed, enabling him to return to school. The death penalty for children who were under the age of 18 when the crime was committed is strictly prohibited by both international law and South Sudan’s Transitional Constitution.

Nevertheless, one of the seven people hanged in South Sudan last year was, like Magai, just a child.

'Before the accident, I was in secondary school… My own aim was to study and do things that can help others.’
Magai Matiop Ngong

Solidarity message


Magai Matiop Ngong
c/o Amnesty International Regional Office for East
Africa, the Horn and Great Lakes
Riverside Studios
Riverside Lane, off Riverside Drive
PO Box 1527-00606,


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Suggested message (keep short):

Before posting your message to Magai, take a photo of it and post on your social networks, using the hashtag #InSolidarityWithMagai. On Twitter, use the same hashtag and tag your tweets to @AmnestyEARO, and @RepSouthSudan and/or @PresSalva.

Creative action:

When sharing photos, include banners or signs you’ve made with #InSolidarityWithMagai.

Can I:

  • Send a religious card or message? No
  • Send an Amnesty card or mention Amnesty? Yes
  • Include my name and address? Yes

Send an appeal letter

Tell the government to provide the residents of Matarinao, Eastern Samar, with decent living conditions.

Write to:

South Sudan does not have a functioning postal system, so please send a message to President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Twitter: @RepSouthSudan and @PresSalva.

Salutation: Dear President


  1. To commute Magai Matiop Ngong’s death sentence.
  2. To make a commitment that the death penalty will not be used against people below the age of 18 at the time of the crime, in line with South Sudanese and international human rights law.
  3. To establish an official moratorium on executions.
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