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“Please, no more violence!” Bishop pleads as Tombura County burns

Juba, South Sudan,

July 02, 2021 – A Tombura County Bishop has pleaded with members of the community to cease hostility and embrace unity.

“Please, no more violence!” Bishop pleads as Tombura County burns
A group of armed youths in Tombura County (photo credit: Agenzia Fides)

This comes as violence continues sweeping the county of Western Equatoria State with the Governor being accused of failing to address imminent ethnic cleansing.

In a statement seen by Nyamilepedia, Mgr. Eduardo Hijboro Kussala called on the national leadership to intervene and save the situation.

“Nobody knows what the real reasons are for the clashes that are taking place in our County of Tombura and Ri-Yubu. I address my appeal for peace, in the county and across South Sudan,” he said.

“The situation is very serious, we have entered the fifth day of unrest and violence, deaths, injuries, many children wander the streets in search of food or shelter. Many people are fleeing in fear and many internally displaced people are arriving in our parishes, schools, and hospitals in the Tombura area from different parts of the country,” he added.

The bishop described hunger, death, suffering, destruction, as scenarios characterizing the ongoing chaos, adding that they do not lead to peace.

“Clashes, conflicts, violence do not lead to peace, they only lead to destruction and death. I urge you all, we are willing to listen to you and try to resolve what is leading you to violence. I understand you, too have lived in conditions of war and violence.

“Please, no more violence! I urge our leaders and the entire civil society to intervene to save our community. Help us end the violence in Tombura. You have the tools to cope with this situation. I implore the people of the area, stay united, support each other, and do not feed a spirit of revenge”.

The bishop said markets in the county were had run out of items, leaving residents on the verge of starvation.

“Markets are empty, what little we had we shared with those who have nothing. We need help, we cannot abandon our communities in the midst of death and destruction”

 

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