“We also pray to the almighty God to comfort the bereaved family in this very difficult time of great loss,” the SSCC officials say in their statement seen by ACI Africa.
The incident that was widely condemned by Catholic Prelates in the country as heartbreaking was highlighted in media days after six children were abducted and killed alongside 32 worshippers at a church in South Sudan.
Media reports indicated that 20 other worshippers were wounded when unidentified gunmen stormed the Anglican Diocese of Athooch compound in the country’s Jonglei State on 27 July.
Over the weekend, the World Council of Churches (WCC) joined the SSCC and the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) to condemn recent violent killings of people in South Sudan and thus called for an end to brutality in the country.
On the attack of the Cathedral of Episcopal Church of South Sudan (ECSS) in the Athooch Diocese, WCC officials expressed profound sorrow and offered condolences and prayers for the families of the victims.
“It is particularly distressing that the attackers killed all the children they abducted in the bush. These are innocent souls who do not even have any idea as to what the conflict is all about, and to kill them is very cruel,” the council members said.
They added, “We pray for their families, their friends, and the extended community that grieves this loss. Kindly receive our heartfelt condolences.”
SSCC officials further called on all parties to the conflicting parties in South Sudan to condemn all kinds of violence and refrain from using it to destroy their fellow citizens.
They additionally called on the regional and international bodies, the East African Community (EAC), the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Security Council to take the attacks as an assault on world peace, and to “demand for the full implementation of the long delayed peace agreement in South Sudan.”
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