Unless war stops, we shall destroy ourselves

Archbishop Paulino Lokudu Loro (right), of Juba archdiocese. He wasned that South Sudan will be destroyed unless the people give peace a chnace again.
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A senior clergy in the Catholic Church in South Sudan has warned South Sudanese that unless they stop the current war, they will destroy themselves and their country. He was speaking during the National Peace Conference held in Juba.

A senior clergy in the Catholic Church in South Sudan has warned South Sudanese that unless they stop the current war, they will destroy themselves and their country. He was speaking during the National Peace Conference held in Juba.

 

“If this war doesn’t stop we shall finish ourselves and we shall finish this young nation,” said bishop Paulino Lukudu of Juba arch-diocese. He lamented that it had taken too long for peace to be restored in the country.

Bishop Lukudu was speaking at the Nyakuron Cultural Center in the conference of South Sudanese tribes under the theme ‘Peace Now! South Sudan Must Unite Against the War.’ The conference brought together all chiefs, governors, intellectuals and senior national government officials, and representatives from all 64 tribes.

Bishop Lukudu said he was delighted as a religious man to attend the gathering of South Sudanese tribes to find ways of restoring peace in the country, a matter which had taken more than one year

“This kind of meeting is most needed among our tribes,” he said. He added that if this had been done earlier on, so many bad things would not have happened.

“War could not bring peace; therefore this war must be stopped and we are on time,” he told the gathering. He said that all people without exception want to have peace in South Sudan.

Bishop Lukudu told the gathering that last year in September, religious leaders had said that war is evil, and people must put a stop to it.

“This was the language of your religious leaders last year in September,” he reminded the gathering in Nyakorun.

Bishop Lukudu used the words Jesus told Simon Peter, to “fix the net deep and you will fetch more fish.”

“Today I see this gathering as going indeed deeper. We need to go deeper than usual and say that the war must stop,” he said.

He urged all the gathered to embrace peace, unity and love, saying that was the wish of the church as well the religious leaders in the country. He urged the gathering to come up with a framework that will give peace a chance to flourish again.

Shreikh Juma Said Ali urged all South Sudanese to unite and love one another as the only way to seek peace, and to come together as one people in the image of God living for one nation.

 

 

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