Juba, 21 February, 2021 / 12:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Church leaders and representatives of various civil groups in South Sudan are appealing to the government to restore peace, security and stability in the East-Central African country ahead of the first anniversary of the formation of the transitional government of national unity aimed at bringing peace.
“We, the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), the South Sudan Civil Society Forum (SSCSF) and South Sudan women’s Coalition for Peace (SSWCP) have come together to jointly amplify the call of the citizens of South Sudan for restoration of peace, security and stability and an end to all bloodshed in our country,” the representatives of Churches in South Sudan including the Catholic Church state in their collective statement issued Monday, February 15.
The SSCC is an ecumenical body of seven member churches and associate churches in South Sudan with a strong legacy of peace building, reconciliation and advocacy.
Together with the women's coalition and civil society forum, the organizations enhance the pursuit for peace in the nine-year-old country.
According to the advocacy organizations, South Sudan “has continued to witness devastating intercommunal violence, displacement of civilians, sexual and gender-based violence, unnecessary roadblocks for extorting money and inflicting pain on travelers and humanitarian workers alongside an economy that falters with soaring inflation rates.”