Home | News    Wednesday 3 September 2014

S. Sudan churches urge traditional leaders to work for peace

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

September 2, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s Council of Churches has called on traditional chiefs and elders to play a role in spreading a message of peace at a grassroots level in their local communities.

JPEG - 28.8 kb
Bishop Michael Taban speaks at the opening of a three-day workshop for traditional chiefs and elders in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, on 1 September 2014 (ST)

Speaking at the opening of three-day workshop in the capital, Juba, on Monday, Bishop Michael Taban said the Church is seeking the input of traditional leaders on halting the more than eight-month-long conflict through dialogue.

“Our traditional chiefs are intuited by God to work for peace in our communities. They settle disputes among the individuals, among groups that have gone into conflict, that have differed, that have harmed one another,” said Bishop Taban, the chairperson of South Sudan’s Council of Churches.

The bishop said both religious and traditional leaders shared a common mission in working towards reconciliation, peace-building, saying local chiefs had a particularly important role to play at a grassroots level.

Fighting erupted in South Sudan in mid-December last year among the presidential guard in Juba, before spreading to other key regions across the country.

President Salva Kiir has accused his former deputy, Riek Machar, of attempting to stage a coup to topple the government, something the rebel leader and his allies deny.

Warrap state, as well as neighbouring Unity to the south-west, have continued to witness sporadic attacks allegedly by armed forces loyal to Machar.

The conflict has divided along ethnic fault lines, with members of Kiir’s Dinka tribe accused of targeting ethnic Nuer, of which Machar belongs, at the start of the conflict.

A number of top Nuer military commanders subsequently defected and were responsible for carrying out revenge killings of Dinka tribesmen in rebel-controlled areas.

The workshop, which drew participants from Jonglei, Unity, Upper Nile and Warrap states, aims to mend this severed social fabric, Reverend Mark Akech, the council’s secretary-general told reporters on Monday.

“As a church, we understand this fighting as a conflict over leadership in the SPLM (South Sudan’s ruling party),” said Akech.

“We want the local people, the community, to know that they should not take part in this crisis that they don’t know. Let them live in harmony and talk [the] language of peace rather than attacking themselves unnecessarily,” he added.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


IGAD’s Revitalization Forum on South Sudan is a hoax 2017-07-27 21:29:45 July 25, 2017 The Nuer Supreme Council (NSC) would like to take this opportunity to declare that Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is no longer a credible peace broker in South (...)

Darfur genocide goes Exodus. What a determination and what a lesson! 2017-07-26 00:51:05 By TRAYO A. Ali NOT AN ISOLATED CASE. IT’S PART OF WIDER STORY A manifestation of more than one decade of racially segregated conflict and a three-month escalation in tensions reached a boiling (...)

Cholera in Sudan: Open letter to WHO Director 2017-07-25 00:15:38 An Open Letter to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the UN’s World Health Organization United Nations Office at Geneva | Palais des Nations, 1211 | Genève, Switzerland Dr. (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


HRW denounces "collective punishment" in South Sudan’s Wau 2017-04-15 07:06:48 Human Right Watch South Sudan: New Spate of Ethnic Killings Urgent Need for Justice; UN Should Increase Patrols in Wau (Nairobi, April 14, 2017) – Government soldiers and allied militias (...)

Statement by South Sudanese Communist Party on the National Dialoguel 2017-03-22 05:44:42 The Communist Party of South Sudan On the Initiative of the National Dialogue The initiative taken by the President of the Republic of South Sudan declaring a need for a national dialogue is an (...)

An Appeal to President of the Republic of South Sudan 2017-03-15 07:22:45 Dear. Mr. President, I write to appeal to you for the release of political detainees now in the custody of the National Security Service at Jebel and other detention facilities. In doing this, I (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.