Archbishop Deng Renews Appeal for Peace in South Sudan

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The Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan, Daniel Deng Bul, has renewed his call on the Government and the SPLM-in Opposition to put national interest above personal ambitions and reach an agreement to end the conflict without any further delay.

The Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan, Daniel Deng Bul, has renewed his call on the Government and the SPLM-in Opposition to put national interest above personal ambitions and reach an agreement to end the conflict without any further delay.

 

In a New Year message, he deplored the failure of the warring parties to stop the war which has caused appalling destruction of life and property.

Archbishop Deng, who heads the National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation Committee, said the war was consuming the lives of innocent civilians and combatants from both sides who are waging a war of self-interests.

He added that the war has taken tribal dimensions, driving citizens to commit “monstrous atrocities against themselves”. The Archbishop said the people were now desperately waiting for an end to the violence so as to begin the urgent task of healing and reconciling communities.

Since the outbreak of violence in December 2013, not only have lives been lost but that the country’s social structures as well as the traditional and cultural relations among communities have also been shattered, the Archbishop said. He lamented the current reality in which communities now lived with high tribal hatred, fear and suspicion, and that bringing them back together to live in peace and harmony was proving to be difficult because of the continuing clashes.

Despite these challenges, the Archbishop said that the Committee for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation has embarked on grass-roots peace and reconciliation activities urging people to forgive and to talk to each other in all states, especially those most severely affected communities in the three states of Greater Upper Nile.

Archbishop Deng revealed the Committee’s plan to deploy “over 550 peace ambassadors to all communities across the country to lead the process of consultation, where all voices from the grassroots on peace and reconciliation will be brought forward to develop a national agenda for reconciliation”.

Amid reports of renewed hostilities, President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar also sent their respective New Year messages of peace to the people of South Sudan. President Kiir urged for national unity and stressed the need to foster the people’s aspirations for development and prosperity. On his part, Dr. Machar said he wanted to sign a new sustainable peace agreement which will guarantee the establishment of a new government in an atmosphere of good governance.

 

 

 

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