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South Sudan Council of Churches and Civil Society Groups Call For Peace

Feb 16, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — The South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), the South Sudan Civil Society Forum (SSCSF) and the South Sudan Women’s Coalition for Peace (SSWCP) have jointly called for restoration of peace, security and stability and an end to all bloodshed in the country. 

Pope Francis (R) meeting with a Delegation of the Council of Churches of South Sudan on March 23, 2018 at the Vatican.(Photo: AFP/ OSSERVATORE ROMANO / HO )Pope Francis (R) meeting with a Delegation of the Council of Churches of South Sudan on March 23, 2018 at the Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO / HO
Pope Francis (R) meeting with a Delegation of the Council of Churches of South Sudan on March 23, 2018 at the Vatican.(Photo: AFP/ OSSERVATORE ROMANO / HO )

According to a press statement issued by the three groups, they have called on the leaders on several occasions but their calls are yet to be answered.

“This is not the first time we have called on the same leaders to fulfill their responsibility to our country and the citizens of this nation. Unfortunately, these calls have not yielded any meaningful change to the ongoing crisis in the country and the living conditions of the common citizens,” the statement read.

The groups pointed out that even though there is reduction in military operations, the overall situation has not changed.

“While we acknowledge reduction of military confrontations among forces of parties to the peace agreement, positive steps to hold few armed forces accountable for crimes against civilians and the reconstitution of the executive of the new unity government as well as appointment of all ten state governors, we remain deeply concerned that the overall situation has not convincingly improved,” the statement continued.

According to the statement, the country has continued to witness; devastating intercommunal violence, displacement of civilians, sexual and gender based violence, unnecessary roadblocks for extorting money and inflicting pain on travelers and humanitarian workers alongside an economy that falters with soaring inflation rates. 

it noted the reports indicating an increase in the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance, showing that the peace agreement has not helped to significantly scale down the humanitarian crisis in the country.

The groups also pointed out that most parties remain recalcitrant to implementation of the 35% affirmative action quota.

They called on religious leaders, women, youth and civil society leaders across the country to unite, raise their voices and call for what the people desperately need – peace, security and stability to end bloodshed and human suffering in South Sudan.

The statement said that the groups have committed to call on leaders to deliver peace.

“In the face of these unprecedented challenges our country and the people are going through, we commit on their behalf to intensify these calls until all leaders listen and deliver peace, justice, liberty and prosperity for all citizens of our country,” it concluded.

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