“The peace that has been signed by our leaders, that desire of peace that is in everyone has to come down to all territories, to all people; that peace maybe not only in the upper rooms of our country, but maybe real down in every corner of our country, in all locations,” he said, making reference to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).
The Bishop whose Episcopal Ordination was delayed for almost a year after he had shot in both legs regretted the fact that in South Sudan, “many people are still displaced and as long as there are displaced people that cannot live in security in their own land, peace is still at stake.”
“As long as there are people living in poverty that have to struggle to have the minimum essential necessities, peace is very difficult because as long as we have people suffering and that are wounded, it is more difficult to reconcile and to see a possible future,” Bishop Carlassare said.
Reflecting on the Church’s role in mediating inter-communal violent conflicts in South Sudan, the 44-year-old Bishop said, “The Church is present everywhere among all the communities and they preach one message, that is the gospel. That is the only one that unites all people that do not divide by clan, tribe or any other differences.”
“The church gives a great contribution towards education and so education means to form the young generation to open up to the world and reason in a different way with the wisdom that comes from the gospel, but also from an integral formation,” Bishop Carlassare said.
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He added, “I would say the Church also can help through our office or Department of Justice and Peace where we are ready to form agents for peace, we are able to encounter people, give them a room for listening for trauma healing to overcome the wounds that the conflict unfortunately affected people.”
“People are affected that they are not able to invest for the future because they don't trust the future; they just look for what they can eat today because of the conflict but curing from the trauma is also to give a new vision for the future,” Bishop Carlassare who has envisioned the revival of the trauma healing center that provided psychosocial assistance to pastoral agents in South Sudan said April 9.
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.