Tombura-Yambio, 22 July, 2021 / 7:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Faith groups in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria State have expressed concerns over the escalating violence in the region, a situation they say is causing a lot of distress among the people and called for an end to suffering.
In their letter dated Monday, July 19 and signed by leaders of the Inter-Faith Council for Peace Initiative, including the council chairperson, Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio, the leaders broke the silence condemning the violence.
“We as the Church leaders will never be silent and go mute as our faithful people are subjected to violence, which (is) harming their every sense of life,” the faith leaders say.
They add, “We appeal to all South Sudan and particularly in Tombura County of Western Equatoria to stop the violence which is ongoing.”
“The continued and escalating violence in Western Equatoria state particularly in Tombura County is of grave concern,” the faith leaders say, and probe, “Where is the government of South Sudan at all levels when communities turn harmful weapons against one another. What is the hidden truth in this senseless violence?”