He urges the government to provide security and protection to the Church institution, her properties and personnel, noting that Church institutions play a pivotal role in the stability of the East-Central African country.
“The Catholic Church and other religious or other faith institutions are initiating services to improve lives spiritually and to uphold human dignity amidst the misery the country is going through,” the 57-year-old Catholic Bishop says.
Insecurity has been on the rise in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria State covered by Tombura-Yambio Diocese.
In September, religious leaders in the State called on the country’s government to intervene and to put an end to what they described as “the continuous culture of killings going on in the State”.
“We express concerns on the insecurity in this country South Sudan, particularly in Greater Tombura, and we adamantly call on the government of South Sudan at all levels to put a complete stop to the ongoing killing of innocent people,” the religious leaders said in their six-page letter that was dated September 2.
They urged the South Sudanese government to intervene and to “immediately stop the attacks against civilians.”
The faith-based leaders further called on those at the helm of the national and State governments to “do the right thing thus, protection of civilians and enhancing of life!”
“Please put an end to the killing of innocent people right now in Greater Tombura,” religious leaders in in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria State said.
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.
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