By Amoko Robert
August 28, 2011 (JUBA) – The Archbishop of the Catholic Arch Diocese of Juba, Poulino Lokudu Loro has called upon faithful Christians and others in South Sudan to shun tribalism.
- Arch Bishop of Juba Diocese. Poulino Lokudu Loro talking to press at St Teresa Cathedrial Kator Juba on 23 July 2011 (ST)
Loro made his remarks on Sunday while praying for peace in South Sudan, saying the congregation should “pray for the fallen heroes and heroines whom they have laid their souls for the benefit of the new nation”.
Loro went on to say that “if we don’t shun tribalism, corruption, killing one another, then that will be the end of our lives”, noting that many lives were lost in the struggle for independence and that it is now “time for them to peacefully enjoy the fruits of their struggle.”
He called upon the congregation to pray for peace in South Sudan and work towards stability, with a particular focus upon the problem of cattle rustling.
About 2 million people died in Sudan in the conflict fought over religion, ethnicity, ideology and oil. Most follow Christian and traditional beliefs in South Sudan, while Sudan is predominantly Muslim.
Analysts say that South Sudan, which became independent on July 9, risks becoming a failed state if it cannot control insurgencies and blood feuds that divide its tribes.
This month armed Murle tribesmen reportedly killed over 600 people in Uror county, a Lou Nuer area. The attack is supposed to be a retaliation assault in connection with similar attack allegedly launched by Lou Nuer on Murle in June where hundreds were killed.