Juba, 10 August, 2020 / 9:20 pm (ACI Africa).
Two separate attacks in South Sudan have left nine children dead in less than a month, a situation that has drawn the attention of religious leaders in the East-Central African country who have condemned the killings and called for external intervention to tame violence in the nine-year-old country.
One of the incidents is the August 1 killing of three siblings aged 4, 7 and 9 whose lifeless bodies were found in their house in Juba where they were reportedly watching television, a murder that shocked and saddened Catholic leaders in the country.
In their August 6 message, the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) strongly condemn the murder of the children, terming it as “barbaric.”
“This is a barbaric, heinous and demonic act that cannot be tolerated,” officials of SSCC say, describing the children as a wonderful gift from God.
In their three-page statement signed by seven-member Churches including the Catholic Church, they add, “Children are to be loved, protected, nurtured, and cared for by the community and society; they are not to be taken advantage of, neglected or abused.