Tombura-Yambio, 30 September, 2021 / 9:05 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Clergy, women and men Religious and other Church personnel in South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio (CDTY) are in a predicament amid ongoing tribal skirmishes, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese has said, regrating the fact that the violence seems to have “taken the direction of negative ethnicity.”
In a message shared with ACI Africa Thursday, September 30, the Local Ordinary of the CDTY says pastoral agents hailing from the communities in conflict face the challenge of being identified by their respective tribes, a situation that is limiting their ministry among the people of God in the South Sudanese Diocese.
“I write this note in a very personal and passionate attitude to you, due to the current culture of violence which has emerged within our diocese,” Bishop Eduardo Hiibiro Kussala says, and adds in reference to the tribal nature of the skirmishes, “The ugliest and shameful part of it is, it is taking or has taken (the) direction (of) negative ethnicity.”
Violent conflict based on ethnicity in the territory covered by the Diocese, Bishop Hiiboro notes, “is very serious and extremely delicate for us as one old community! It is also unusual and shocking!”
South Sudan’s Western Equatoria State that is covered by the CDTY has been characterized by ethnic violence in recent months.