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Youth resort to betting to survive economic crisis in Juba

Amid the economic crisis in Juba, youth turn to betting as a precarious means of survival

Makur Majeng

The current economic situation in the country has produced frustration among unemployed youth, driving them to betting centers armed with little more than a pen and paper. In an exclusive interview with Hot in Juba on Tuesday, four individuals shared their perspectives on the matter.

Mary Nyitur, underlining the role of luck, remarked, “It’s all about luck from my perspective; I don’t see it as a potential way of earning a living.” The dire economic conditions in Juba have led many unemployed youths to turn to gambling as a source of income for their daily needs.


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Ringo Mortinez, viewing betting as a side hustle, expressed the disappointment of losing but remained hopeful for future luck. “Betting to me is a side hustle; I stake my hard-earned money hoping to win big. But when the ticket loses, I feel bad. But I still wish for a better weekend to try my luck.”

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However, some individuals have opted out of the betting trend. Malith Mayor, having ceased betting, considered it a waste of both money and energy, expressing concern about its potential health impact. Benson Bech, a former bettor for six years, highlighted the adverse effects on studies and mental health, leading him to quit in early 2023.

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