Divine intervention needed in South Sudan
From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – WITH increasing violence and a refugee crisis, urgent action and support from the ecumenical community is needed in South Sudan as the country teeters on the brink of a humanitarian crisis.
This is according to the World Council of Churches (WCC) as church leaders reported humanitarian support should be considered a top priority.
About 40 000 people have been displaced during this crisis and at least 7 000 of them took refuge in different churches or parishes.
Dr Nigussu Legesse, WCC programme executive, said trying to return to their homes, most victims found out their houses had already been looted and they had nothing to fall back on or sustain them.
“They need humanitarian support,” said Legesse.
Action by Churches Together (ACT), the global organisation, said renewed fighting in South Sudan had raised serious concerns around safety and security for people in the new, increasingly fragile country.
The situation rapidly deteriorated last weekend with a reported death toll of nearly 300 people on the eve of the fifth anniversary of independence from Sudan.
Church leaders urged repentance and a firm commitment from all armed individuals, forces and communities, and from their leaders, to create an atmosphere where violence is not an option.
Rivals, President Salva Kiir, and First Vice President Riek Machar, have both condemned the violence.
– CAJ News
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