South Sudan church leaders urge Security Council to redouble its efforts for peace

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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] The South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) has urged the UN Security Council to redouble its efforts of restoring peace in South Sudan.

[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] The South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) has urged the UN Security Council to redouble its efforts of restoring peace in South Sudan.


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In a statement delivered to the UN Security Council delegation that was in the country last week, the Church leaders asked the Council to engage all the principals of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCISS), which was signed last year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The UNSC delegation was on a fact-finding mission in the country. It met with President Salva Kiir, members of his government as well as the civil society. The delegation co-led by US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power and the Permanent Representative of the Mission of Senegal, Fode Seck also met with Church leaders. 

In their meeting, the church leaders presented a statement calling for protection of civilians. Further, they urged the delegation to demand from the government of South Sudan and other conflict parties that humanitarian aid agencies be given full access to vulnerable populations affected by the conflict.

Additionally, the Church says it wants the military to act in a professional manner with respect to the national constitution and international humanitarian law. The national army has been accused of obstructing humanitarian aid from reaching those most affected by the conflict.

“Your visit is significant as it may allow for a better understanding and reinforcement of collective strategies from various peace partners, for the realization of the people’s peace,” said the statement signed by the leaders of the churches that form the SSCC.

They said the renewed violence that started in July has had a serious setback to the Church and the entire population of South Sudan, adding that the morale of the people was low because of the renewed violence.

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“There is loss of faith, confidence, hope, trust in the nation’s government promises, in the security services, freedom of speech and movement,” the statement said.

The church leaders stated that South Sudanese alone cannot put the nation on the right track. They added that the country must be assisted both politically and economically to get out of its current situation.

“There is no humiliation at all; we all belong to the weak family of the human race. All of us must accept correction from one another,” the leaders said.

severe consequences of the recent violence 

Enumerating the suffering that the renewed violence had brought, the leaders said the violence had led to loss of lives and led to other related concerns like hunger, diseases and human displacements.

‘The severe shortage of commodities, especially food, coupled with a severe lack of necessities like medicine, have compounded the humanitarian situation of the majority poor population of South Sudan”, they said.

The leaders decried the fact that many young people who should be in school and engaged in other meaningful activities are now involved in a senseless and destructive war.

They also reiterated that they were committed to their agreed-upon action plan for peace in the country, hinged on advocacy, neutral forums and preaching the values of forgiveness and reconciliation.

They promised to continue engaging the government and national key stakeholders in the peace process, so that they can embrace peace and reconciliation for peaceful co-existence, respect for humanity and economic stability.

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