“My collaborators are studying the possibility of a trip to South Sudan. But why? Because the Anglican, Presbyterian and Catholic Bishops came to tell me: 'Please come to South Sudan maybe just for one day. But don't come alone, come with Justin Welby'. This came from the young church in that country, and it got us thinking about a very bad situation there, and about the fact that they want peace, to work together for peace," Pope Francis was quoted as saying during a 2017 meeting with the Anglican community at All Saints Church in Rome.
That year, the initiative was halted following heightened violent clashes in different parts of South Sudan amid a serious humanitarian crisis.
The Holy Father reiterated his pastoral visit to South Sudan in April 2019, during the spiritual retreat that brought together the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the opposition leader, Riek Machar, and the widow of South Sudanese leader John Garang, Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior, among other political and religious leaders from South Sudan.
In the February 19 interview with ACI Africa, Archbishop Ameyu reflected on the efforts to realize the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS saying, “The peace process is going on well at least for a few months now because of the understanding of the opposition and the government.”
“They are trying to put the soldiers together, especially the new group that signed the peace agreement recently. This group has come to Juba in order to be integrated directly with the government,” Archbishop Ameyu said.
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He said the opposition leaders are also sending their troops into the containment area “in order to merge them. We hope that during the coming months, they will be graduating as a unified single force to protect the whole country.”
He added in reference to the military units, “I encourage them because there is always a devil in the details but I hope that we will come out of these details.”
Addressing himself to South Sudanese political leaders, the 58-year-old Catholic Archbishop said, “It is only left for them to assure the people of South Sudan about peace negotiations and that there will be no war.”
“We got assurance from the presidency that they will not take the country to war again,” Archbishop Ameyu told ACI Africa February 19, adding, “This is a positive as that will really help us get the peace that we need.”
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.