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Religious leaders call for inclusive dialogue to end South Sudan conflict

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May 21, 2017 (JUBA) – Christian and Muslim leaders in South Sudan have reiterated their call for tolerance and peace, following the surge of attacks by armed groups despite the preparations for the country’s national dialogue.

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South Sudan’s religious leaders pray for a peace ahead of a referendum in 2011 (Photo: Michael Wagner/File)

“Without a doubt, the swearing in of the members of the dialogue being organised by the government will mark the beginning of a long march together. Hand in hand, Christians and Muslims looking in the same direction in order to eradicate violence, suspicious, mistrust and hatred,” said Isaac Dhieu, the Episcopal Bishop of Akot diocese.

The conference “will not only strengthen the brotherhood and sisterhood for our citizens, but it will also help to boost the momentum that we support as custodians of the divine law,” he added.

The Bishop denounced the voices that advocate war and glorify violence in the name of reforms.

Last Thursday, the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir said the dialogue will kick off its works soon without the opposition figures who declined their appointment.

A swearing ceremony will be held in Juba on Monday 22 May for those who accepted to take part in the political process.

Meanwhile, Emmanuel Malou Deng, the Catholic Priest in charge of Gordhiim Parish in Aweil East, urged the country’s political leaders to use the national dialogue as the opportunity to resolve the differences and called on religious leaders to persevere in their role as educators, by preaching love and brotherhood within families, communities and places of worship.

Deng also called on all followers of different religious groups to increase “our common determination to counter the inhumane and barbaric ideology.”

Juma Abdullah, a South Sudanese Muslim said, Christians in a situation of violence and deep crisis must strive to show mercy and compassion.

He then went on to cite the Quran and Biblical examples of the Good Samaritan. “Blessed is a generous man because the memory of the righteous shall dwell forever.”

Abdullah went on to stress the importance of “inclusive and universal brotherhood,” while inviting political and military leaders to “break the spiral of violence and hatred”.

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  • 22 May 08:08, by Eastern

    Let Kiir’s move on with his friends while those opposed to him should also pursue what they are striving for: regime change. Kiir cannot always be right!!!

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    • 22 May 08:43, by South South

      When we talk about peace in our country, we see those in diaspora singing about war in our country. National dialogue will be the last chance for peaceful solution and I encourage everyone to endorse it. We have been fighting for 3 years and what happened? Innocent people have been killed, forced to refugee camps, face starvation and many bad things.

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  • 22 May 08:45, by Sunday Junup

    My worry will be a shame to those claims to be Church leaders when the time will come for Kiir to announce that Dialogue is not moving well because of budget!

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