Juba, 20 June, 2020 / 6:40 pm (ACI Africa).
The representatives of various Christian denominations in South Sudan have, in a collective statement, denounced the violence in the Eastern Africa country following recent incidents in which several armed confrontations in some six States ended with hundreds of deaths and numerous injuries.
In their statement dated Wednesday June 17, the church leaders under the umbrella body, the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), highlight particular areas with distressing security situations for over a month.
Towards the end of May, hundreds have been killed in the spat of inter-communal violence in South Sudan’s Jonglei state. At least 300 people were wounded in the violence between the Murle and Lou Nuer ethnic communities.
Between January and May, the United Nations Mission in the world’s newest nation is reported to have recorded 415 violent incidents between communities, up from 129 in 2018.
“We strongly denounce the recent and on-going violence in Greater Jonglei Ruweng, Warrap, Greater Yei, Lakes and other places in the Republic of South Sudan including Gumba Sherikhat,” SSCC representatives say in a statement signed by SSCC leadership including the Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop of Juba, Stephen Ameyu.