Yei, 29 July, 2022 / 8:51 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop of South Sudan’s Yei Catholic Diocese has called on the military and armed rebels to halt their threats and intimidation of the people of God in the East-Central African nation.
Speaking to the faithful on Sunday, July 24 at Ombasi, a host community in Yei township for the internally displace persons (IDPs) and refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo said that the conflict between those armed and civilians is affecting farming and livelihoods.
“I want to make this appeal to everyone who is carrying a gun, whether you are in the town or in the bush, please don’t come into our villages to start intimidating our people who are cultivating for their survival; don’t use your guns to intimidate our innocent people in their places,” Bishop Lodiong said.
He added in reference to civilians, “The only way for them to survive is through farming. Why would you discourage them from doing what they are relying on?”
“They are not carrying guns and are not even a threat to you. Why would you intimidate them?” the South Sudanese Bishop posed during the July 24 event, when the faithful at Ombasi gathered to pray with him.