Juba, 09 January, 2022 / 9:15 pm (ACI Africa).
Embracing dialogue for peaceful coexistence in South Sudan is posing a challenge especially for those who have experienced direct effects of civil war, a Catholic Missionary Nun serving in the East-Central African nation has said.
In a report published Wednesday, January 5, Sr. Elena Balatti, a member of the Comboni Missionaries serving in Malakal Diocese spoke about the efforts of the Church to restore peace in the world’s youngest nation.
“Dialogue is extremely difficult when people have been directly affected by the events of the war including pain, suffering, loss of possessions, of their social status, of affections,” Sr. Balatti has been quoted as saying in her interview with Vatican News.
She explains, “Training consists first of all of a 'conversion' in the sense of a change of perspective, from one in which one has become a victim to one in which one is convinced that one can become an agent of change, that one can come out on a personal level and then be able to drag others out of the vicious circle of violence.”
Sr. Balatti who is the coordinator of the department of Integral Human Development (Caritas) in South Sudan’s Malakal Diocese said that Church leaders had to work on themselves by being open to “more positive possibilities,” an exercise she says helped them to deal with discouragement.