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South Sudan Council of Churches: peace “is a question of the heart”

South Sudan Council of Churches: peace “is a question of the heart”

Christians in a procession on Easter Sunday in Pawel village in South Sudan's Jonglei State. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT

11 November 2019

A message released 9 November from the South Sudan Council of Churches reflected that the will for peace is not measured only by deadlines and technical arrangements. “Whether the government is formed on 12th November 2019 or a further extension is agreed, it is a question of the heart and of the political will,” the message reads. “The people of South Sudan have begged their political leaders to find a peaceful way forward, to look beyond political interest, emotional turmoil and historical grievances, and to hold their duty towards the people of the country as a sacred calling which is to be gravely cherished in holy servitude and with deep respect.”

The message further notes that the Revitalized Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan demonstrates the willingness of the parties to stop the unnecessary violence. “But it also represents only the very first signs of the promise of peace - the journey is far from over, and the duty to continue to fulfill obligations in the agreement remains more strongly than ever,” the statement reads. “The urgency of the situation and what is at stake must never be forgotten.”

It is critical that parties work together to lay the building blocks for inclusive peace, the message continues. “Our focus is not on politics but on the dignity of every human person,” reads the text. “The people have spoken; let their voice be heard and respected.”

 

South Sudan Council of Churches