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Archbishop urges S. Sudan’s leaders to reconcile and forgive

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September 30, 2019 (JUBA) - The Archbishop of South Sudan, Justin Badi Arama has urged all the country’s warring parties’ leaders to unite, reconcile and forgive one another for the sake of peace.

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South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar (L) speaks to reporters after meeting President Salva Kiir in Juba, September 11, 2019 (JUBA)

He was speaking during a national prayer breakfast organized by South Sudan Council of Churches in the capital, Juba last week.

The theme for the prayer was, "Don’t cling to the events of the past, watch for the new things I am going to do, it’s happening already”.

“In a special way, we are asking God to forgive us the leaders and citizens of South Sudan. It is time for renewal and purification. South Sudan needs purification to move forward. South Sudan needs all its citizens to forgive each other,” said Arama.

Also in attendance was South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir who vowed to unite the country, reaffirming his commitment to partner with his arch-rival Riek Machar to restore peace and stability ahead of the formation of a national unity government on November 12.

On his part, the National Coordinator of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan’s Justice, Peace & Reconciliation Committee (JPRC), Rev. Stephen Mayuen Mou said efforts to engage communities, government and opposition members to work towards reconciling people with one another for sustainable peace was on course.

“Everybody in South Sudan, including the government and the opposition, are tired of war, but a lack of trust between the president and opposition leaders is something to worry about,” he said.

Mayuen, however, said his committee will continue organizing training and workshops with religious leaders in different areas of the nation to help them preach peace, reconciliation and healing.

“I hope to see a unity government formed in the next few months while JPRC continues to join in efforts to reconcile, unite, heal and build trust through round table talking as a way to improve social conditions of individual South Sudanese and their families and eventually stabilizing South Sudan,” he stressed.

South Sudan descended into war in December 2013 when Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup.

In September 2018, the rival factions involved in the conflict signed a peace deal to end the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced over 2 million people in the country.

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  • 1 October 07:31, by jubaone

    The Archbishop Justin Arama seems to stupidly think jienges and Nuers will simply understand this theological message of forgiveness. He fails to grasp the cultural peculiarities of both tribes that is hell-bent on revenge. How often have they talked, reconciled, forgiven each other? That is their nature. We will NEVER forgive and forget as Equatorians. We too, must revenge. Period.

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    • 1 October 09:26, by Midit Mitot

      Jubone,

      If you equatorians have no such a kind of forgiveness and reconciliation then your culture is doom!

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      • 1 October 11:44, by Eastern

        Midit Mitot,

        Now fuck you and FUCK you a zillion times, South Sudan had Wunlith 1999 which GLORIFIED Dinka and Nuer as the ONLY RELEVANT inhabitants of the land called South Sudan. So continue to get FUCKED over that STUPIDITY....!

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      • 1 October 11:46, by Eastern
      • 1 October 13:35, by jubaone

        Midit Mitot
        Kindly go and collect your fellow Nuers and nyagats hiding themselves in Juba PoCs. Now your peace has come and Equatorians can’t babysit, schmooze and wipe your asses any longer. Go reconcile in your areas and leave us do ours. Neither you Nuers, nyagats or jienges have any value addition to us. You are simply a waste.

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        • 1 October 15:26, by Midit Mitot

          Jubaone & Eastern,

          Baaaw, to be sincere, Nyam-nyam struggles without any support from Niliotic is illusion, can you idiots tell me Nyam-nyam battalion during South-North war? crook, if Nuer and Dinka will unite against you then all your niggas will remain in exile or to be Ugandan in life.

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          • 1 October 16:24, by Eastern

            Midit Mitot,

            But Ugandans are the ONLY people, with it’s UPDF 4th Division stationed in Gulu, being predominantly made up of what you cluelessly call nyam nyam....Do you even know why SPLA-IO cantonment at Aswa river has been accepted by Kiir without much delay?! That cantonment is on the direct line of fire of the UPDF 4th Divsion manned by the nyam nyam from the other side of the border...

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            • 1 October 20:04, by jubaone

              Eastern
              Michael Makuei once said, "the nyagat is like a hungry dog, you hit it hard, it howls and runs away but once you show it a dry meatless bone, it comes back to its master". Look at them once here, then there and here again. Inconsistent and foolish. Do you really know how many educated of "these things" are there?

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          • 1 October 16:28, by Eastern

            ....I always find Nuer people have very weird though process.

            Jostling for food seems to run deep in Nuer blood.

            Remember ALL the cantonment sites in Equatoria region for SPLA-IO are just lame ducks. Check out what that means...!

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          • 1 October 19:59, by jubaone

            Midit Mitot
            Just come and collect your worthless "koror" from Juba PoC and take them away. Go and fight, kill and massacre yourselves, after all your lives have no value, ya nyagat. You swing left and right like a pissing bull on the run. If you foolish nyagats came to Juba and thought there was free food "nyamnyam", then you got your asses busted in 2013. Watch out.

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          • 2 October 00:16, by jubaone

            Midit Mitot
            You worthless nyagat. First unite with your fellow jienges and come fight us. Fighting is not a nyagat or jienge monopoly. We Equatorians defend our lands, you are simply like invading cockroaches on the lookout for free nyamnyam.

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            • 2 October 09:06, by Midit Mitot

              Jubaone & Eastern,

              Never gone crazy earlier like this, just wait, let we form the National Government without your aimless movement call NAS or anus, you either surrender or remain in unknown bushes.

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