Juba, 14 August, 2020 / 7:22 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Youth Coordinator in South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese has urged young people belonging to different tribes in the country that have experienced protracted tribal conflicts to embrace intermarriages as a way to foster long-lasting peace in the East-Central African nation.
Speaking to ACI Africa on the sidelines of the International Youth Day celebrations in an event that was organized for the youth by the leadership of the seven-member South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), Dr. Simon Gore Augustino said in reference to the young people, “We need to connect ourselves and unite as Christians first of all, then as South Sudanese because in the Christian life we don’t have boundaries.”
“By intermarrying among ourselves, we shall surely see the value of being together as youth and as the citizens of South Sudan,” the youth leaders said in an interview with ACI Africa on Wednesday, August 12.
The benefit of intermarriages, according to Dr. Gore, is that they enable individuals to create relationships with other communities, knowing the different cultures, the gifts God has given to different communities and that it is this knowledge that brings respect and acknowledgement of others.