South Sudanese coalition of Churches call for cessation of violence

Category: Diaspora
Published on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 19:31
Written by Rev. John Deng, South Sudanese Coalition of Episcopal Churches in the United States
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Call for Cessation of Violence in South Sudan

Press Release by

South Sudanese Coalition of Episcopal Churches (SSCEC) in the United States

As a spiritual body, South Sudan Coalition of Episcopal Churches in the United States is concerned with the level of violence taking place in Juba, Bortown, Akobo and other areas of South Sudan. As a body of Christ, South Sudan Coalition of Episcopal Churches in the United States strongly condemned senseless killing of civilians.

As a result:

  1. We are urging President Kiir's government to declare:
  1. We are urging Dr. Riek Machar and all dissatisfied parties to:
  1. To the United States and United Nations

We are appealing to the United States government and United Nations to:

Note: As a church, we are seeing ethnic polarization in South Sudan. This is evident in the division among the country’s leadership, formation of political parties along ethnic line and also evident in division in the country army forces. If nothing is done sooner to mediate the present conflict situation between Kiir’s government and Dr. Riek Machar and other dissatisfied opposition parties, we are afraid that South Sudan will see a repeat of 1991 massacre in which thousands of civilians lost their lives and/or properties. Therefore, in order to avoid that from happening, we are appealing to the United States and the United Nations to do everything in their power to avert another ethnic cleansing from happening again in South Sudan.

Best Regards,

Rev. John Deng, South Sudanese Congregation Saint Paul Episcopal Church, Kansas City MO

And Chairman of South Sudan Coalition of Episcopal Churches (SSCEC) in the United States