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Bishop Rudolf Deng Mayak: South Sudan needs Leaders who can unite, reconcile and forgive

The retired Bishop of Torit in South Sudan, the Rt. Rev. Paride Taban, who is also the chairman of the South Sudan Council of Churches, has called upon the Muslim community in the country to work with Christians for peace in South Sudan. He made the call this week at an interreligious meeting in Juba which discussed the situation in the country. Bishop Taban invited Muslims in South Sudan to be peace ambassadors and to play a role in the restoration of calm in the country starting from theior local communities. The representative of the Muslim community of south Sudan, Jaafar Karim Juma, welcome Bishop Taban’s invitation and promised that Muslims would cooperate with Christians in the promotion of justice and peace in the country. Bishop Taban’s call comes after South Sudan government troops and rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar broke the ceasefire agreement signed in January this year and resumed fighting. Peace talks aimed at resolving the conflict have stalled in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, due to lack of agreement on key issues including the release of four political prisoners who are still detained by the government of South Sudan.
In a related development, the Catholic Bishop of Wau in south Sudan, the Rt. Rev. Rudolf Deng Mayak, has told MISNA catholic News Agency that the country needs a government with shared responsibilities to unite and reconcile the people. He welcome the proposal of the Inter-governmental Authority on Development, IGAD, for an inclusive transitional government open to both sides in the conflict. IGAD is the mediator of peace talks between the government of Sudan and rebels loyal to Riek Machar. Bishop Mayak said the population of South Sudan had been devastated by the two months conflict which has caused death, pain and destruction. The population, he said, now needs a leadership that not only unites and reconciles, but which also shows the capacity to forgive. Reports from Addis Ababa say the two fighting factions have agreed to the formation of a government of national unity, but the government of South Sudan is opposed to the idea that President Salva Kiir should not take part in that government. South Sudan became independent from Sudan in July 2011, after a civil war that last more than 20 years. The current conflict began last year on December 15th as power struggle between President Kiir and Riek Machar within the ruling Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement. It spread swiftly to different parts of the country taking with it ethnic undertones. It has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced about one million others.


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