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S. Sudan clerics urge global intervention to end conflict

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January 5, 2014 (JUBA) - Various religious leaders in South Sudan have expressed deep concerns over the current political and military crisis befalling the country, calling for an urgent end to the violence.

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South Suda religious leaders pray for a peace ahead of a referendum in 2011 (Michael Wagner/Church of Brethen)

“We the undersigned bishops needed to add our voice and alarm the world that South Sudan is in crisis and needed urgent intervention. We the bishops and clergymen from South Sudan called this urgent meeting under the theme", the group said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune Sunday.

“God Save Our Nation of South Sudan. We are seeking peace and ceasefire urgently and welcome the world to intervene and put an end to the rampant killing of innocent women, children, disabled and the elderly people that are dying without cause and the abuse that is now going on across the Country”, the statement added.

The leaders said they decided to alarm the global community on learning the massive destruction the, conflict which initially erupted in Juba and later extended to other parts of the country, had caused.

Over 1,000 people have been killed and about 200,000 displaced by the violence, largely blamed on forces loyal to the country’s ex-vice president Riek Machar.

“We are condemning senseless killing of civilians and call upon the President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the former Vice President Riek Machar to stop fighting and come for dialogues and peaceful negotiation than the use of gun", the clerics said.

"We urge you to put the lives of the people first and political differences should be addressed later in love and harmony", the statement stressed.

Meanwhile, the country’s religious leaders further called on the Kenyan government under the leadership president Uhuru Kenyatta, the United Nations, Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), United Kingdom and United States to approach the two leaders an an attempt to restore stability in the country.

"We are tired of war, we need peace and South Sudanese peace is African Peace. Innocent children and women are dying and wailing without knowing the cause of their death and abuse. May you come to our help and stand with us in this critical situation”, said the strongly-worded statement.

Also stressed by the various religious groups was the need for peaceful co-existence among all South Sudanese in Diaspora, particularly those within the regional countries of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopians and many others to live in peace and harmony as brothers and sisters and abstain from from political influences.

“We strongly recommended that all tribes regardless of Dinka, Nuer, Shiluk, Lotuko, etc should not be involved in violent. The conflict that has just started in Juba should not be misunderstood as Nuer-Dinka conflict but it is a political difference among the politicians", the statement further noted.

Hence, we encourage peaceful dialogues between President Kiir and Dr. Riek to accept sitting together and resolve their political differences in a manner that portray political will and patriotism to the citizens of the Republic of South Sudan, it added.

Meanwhile, regional organisations, particularly the IGAD member countries, East Africa Community (EAC) and all humanitarian agencies have been urged to extend humanitarian assistance to victims caught up in the difficult situation.

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  • 6 January 08:32, by Malakal county Simon

    If you really serious and want to Save Our Nation of South Sudan, simply tells illegal president to resign now peacefully, before many lives are lost under his sense-less war against Nuer tribe...

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    • 6 January 08:38, by mathem jech amer

      Who is legal president,first of all your is illegal before commenting,there is no Malakal county in S,Sudan, we have only Makal County of Shilluk.

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      • 6 January 11:00, by choldit

        "... largely blamed on forces loyal to the country’s ex-vice president Riek Machar." Does part make u peace loving religious leaders? Did Dr. Riek kill civilians on the night of 16/12/2013 or the Republic guards under the command of the president killed Nuer? How dare u make that comment n claimed u speak for ss? Tell ur right color pple!

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        • 6 January 13:40, by axle

          I can see the nuer have taken the war to cyberspace. It doesn’t matter what name you call yourself but your comments show where you come from. You’re not fooling anyone.

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      • 6 January 12:42, by Mapuor

        War will continue till traitors are defeated.Tribal politics must be fought with all available might.We can not modernize when tribes are our political bases.Nygaats have all along been rewarded for rebellions,that is why in Upper Nile there were many rebellions in eight years:Tanginyang,Gatluak,Athor,Yay Yau,Oliny,Riek Macar etc its high time to stop rewarding Nyagaats

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    • 6 January 08:58, by omoni jr.

      Kiir and his Uganda husband called Museveni are to be blamed for this messes. When salva kiir sacked Reik , all Dinka were happy and conducted parties across the country. And many Dinka tried hard to provoke Nuer by telling them that we sacked your king Reik but you don’t do nothing!!!!! And they went farther to killed innocent civilians in order to silent dr Reik machar, so do not Nuer who

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  • 6 January 08:42, by dinkdong

    Sorry bishops and clergymen. I think S. Sudan is a God forsaken place, if there was one.

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    • 6 January 09:11, by Gat Gan Kiir

      The solution from this conflict would not come from else where. It’s might come from you, go to palace and tell this drunkard president to step down, after he did that, peace will be up on each of every citizen in our country. Other wise you are wasting your precious time.

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    • 6 January 09:19, by Tutbol

      "S. Sudan clerics urge global intervention to end conflict"
      The UNIMISS a *global intervention* is already here secretly arming Riek Machar forces & feed them with military intelligent capabilities.
      What other intervention do these sheep want from their so-called global community?

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      • 6 January 10:55, by Tutbol

        For a peace to be realises in S Sudan, we must get rid of the UNIMISS, Toby Lanzar, Hilde Johnson, Oxfam UK & all the British so-called journalists & any Humanitarian plane landing in S Sudan have to be thoroughly check up before it’s allowed to come to either Bor, Malakal or Unity state & if they don’t comply then they will be brought done by the S Sudanese army...

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        • 6 January 11:03, by Tutbol

          We are at war with the US and Europeans sent mercenaries that are thought to be working for peace keeping when their underlying mission is quite sinister than peacekeeping. Let them go away from S Sudan before S Sudanese take the law into their own hands. We don’t want S Sudan to be made by the criminals in the US & Europe to make our country their another Eastern Congo----

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          • 6 January 11:12, by Tutbol

            where the criminals behind the UNSC have been stoking up rivalries between the Congolese communities for 60 years so that they (criminals) behind the UNSC, would continue to export their indian, Nepalese,Pakistani & Ngerians criminals to occupy other people’s countries under guise of peacekeeping.
            This Game of UNIMISS in S Sudan have to be faced with force. UNIMISS is an occupying force.

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  • 6 January 09:56, by 4Justice

    I saw this comming long long time ago. Salva decided to keep all the food to himself and chase away all the rest, this is a very dangerous thing to do. The food belongs to all the people of South Sudan it doesn’t just belong to Salva, Telar, Awet Akot and those who flatter him incessantly with praises. The people South shoudn’t die because of one man *Kiir* he must stand down immediately to end the bloodshed. It is not uncommon for a elected leader to stand down during crisis, if your leadership is causing unnecessary deaths, call it quits. Let the people of warrap stay out of this war of food, and let Kiir and Telar fight it.

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    • 6 January 10:47, by Wicdail

      "Over 1,000 people have been killed and about 200,000 displaced by the violence, largely blamed on forces loyal to the country’s ex-vice president Riek Machar". What a bias finding? Why pple always grape a piece of information and run away with it leaving the all truths untouched? Kirr and his thugs were intimidated us to the extend of disarmed Nuers while rearmed Dinkas to arrested Dr. Rick and—

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      • 6 January 11:06, by Wicdail

        his group which result on fight in the military barracks and later calling it a coup. To make it worse, Kirr was referred the 1991 conflict, to remind his Dinka to revenge on Nuer population living in Juba; using the state powers which result of Nuers being slaughtered in their residential areas in juba on his watch. Why blaming the victims who act on self defend? God is Our judge this time.

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    • 6 January 10:59, by Mou

      I understand the bitterness my brothers and sister are going through, and if anyone here would listen, I would ask for calm and patriotism despite what is happening to us all in the country. May we bring into our hearts that Killing Nuer or Dinka means killing people we will call South Sudanese tomorrow. Are we not a shame of mentioning Dinka and Nuer in connection with horrible situation all the

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      • 6 January 11:05, by Mou

        time? Can’t we leave politicians to swallow their shame on their own? If Kiir is a president and Riek was a vice president, does that make South Sudan a Dinka - Nuer country? Our people have died in thousands because the words of our mouths calling it Nuer and Dinka war. Disadvantages are so overwhelming and we must stop fueling tribal conflict. It is already gone beyond recall how trust will come

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      • 6 January 11:16, by choldit

        Mou, I agreed with most of ur post however this situation is squarely brought by Dinka. By the way, the Nuer has been quiet thru out. Brmbr when Dr. Riek were sacked we provoked them but they swallowed, we sidelined them in the govt they swallowed Kirr ordered their disarmament in the republic guard unit so that he shld jail Riek and other politicians opposing Kirr then kill the innocent Nuer.

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        • 6 January 12:40, by Mapuor

          War will continue till traitors are defeated.Tribal politics must be fought with all available might.We can not modernize when tribes are our political bases.Nygaats have all along been rewarded for rebellions,that is why in Upper Nile there were many rebellions in eight years:Tanginyang,Gatluak,Athor,Yay Yau,Oliny,Riek Macar etc its high time to stop rewarding Nyagaats

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