South Sudanese bishops call for immediate peace restoration in Sudan
South Sudanese Catholic bishops called upon the warring Sudanese generals to stop their armed clashes and allow peace to return in the neighbouring country.
Addressing the media in Juba yesterday after the end of the three-day ecclesiastical meeting, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Juba, Stephen Ameyu Martin, led the clerics in raising concerns about the continued human rights violations in Sudan and the worsening humanitarian crisis.
“We are deeply concerned about the situation in Sudan; as a result of the war, we see that a lot of human rights have been violated and that the civilian population is denied access to essential services such as access to water, food, and electricity,” he lamented.
“In many Sudanese cities, heavy weapons are being used indiscriminately and civilians are being killed; these are unacceptable, and we condemn the acts in the strongest possible terms,” he added.
The bishops appealed to regional bodies such as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Eastern Africa and the African Union to solve the conflict as soon as possible.
“We call upon the international community to prevail over Sudan’s warring parties and choose dialogue as a means to solve their differences.”
On the situation in South Sudan, Ameyu said: “The current power-sharing government needs to demonstrate the political will to bring a just and peaceful dispensation in the country.”
According to the bishops, the R-ARCSS has not resolved the root causes of the conflict in the country but created a mechanism where the elite can find a way of existing in an uneasy partnership at the expense of the ordinary people.
“It is a flawed process, and there will never be peace in South Sudan as long as the international community insists on this type of model,” Ameyu said.
He pointed out that there are various types of violence commonly referred to as “inter-communal” in various pockets of the country.
The transitional government recommitted to implementing the 2018 peace agreement on the resolution of the conflict in the country.
Ameyu said, “While calling on all parties to fully implement the agreement they signed, nevertheless, we question whether the current model, where power is shared between those elites who have taken up arms at the expense of the ordinary civilians, is a sustainable mechanism for development, peace, and justice.”
On April 15, conflict broke out in Sudan that led to the loss of lives, destruction of properties, and displacement of both Sudanese and South Sudanese people, causing a humanitarian crisis.