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STATEMENT OF CONCERN REGARDING INSECURITY from SSCC

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Following, you can find the SSCC Statement of Concern regarding Insecurity in South Sudan.

We all need to pray for Peace in South Sudan.

 

 

SOUTH SUDAN COUNCIL OF CHURCHES 10TH JULY 2016

STATEMENT OF CONCERN REGARDING INSECURITY

Yahweh puts an end to wars over the whole wide world, he breaks the
bow, he snaps the spear, shields he burns in the fire. Be still and
acknowledge that I am God, supreme over nations, supreme over the
world. (Psalm 46: 9-10)

We, the leaders of the Church in South Sudan, are extremely disturbed
about the fatal shootings which occurred in Juba on the evenings of
7th and 8th July 2016 and the morning of 10th July. We make no
judgement as to how or why they occurred, nor who is to blame, but we
note with concern that there have been a number of incidents recently,
and that tension is increasing.

We condemn all acts of violence without exception. The time for
carrying and using weapons has ended; now is the time to build a
peaceful nation.

We pray for those who have been killed, and for their families, and we
ask God’s forgiveness for those who have done the killing. However we
also urge repentance and a firm commitment from all armed individuals,
forces and communities, and from their leaders, to create an
atmosphere where violence is not an option.

We are encouraged by the statements from both President Salva Kiir and
First Vice President Riek Machar calling for calm. We add our voices
to theirs, and urge soldiers and civilians to refrain from provocative
words and actions, and to do everything in their power to avoid
escalating the situation.

We also note with concern that such killings are not confined to Juba.
A team from SSCC has just returned from Wau after a pastoral visit to
show solidarity with the people there, and we cannot forget the recent
killing of our missionary Sister Dr Veronika in Yei only two months
ago, as well as many other cases which are so common that they pass
almost unnoticed.

We assure you of our prayers during these difficult times, and once
again callf for calm and hope.

May God bless you.

[THIS MESSAGE WAS READ ON THE RADIO ON 10TH JULY 2016 BY THE
SECRETARY GENERAL OF SOUTH SUDAN COUNCIL OF CHURCHES WITH THE APPROVAL
OF CHURCH LEADERS BUT DUE TO INSECURITY IT HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE TO
PRINT IT ON SSCC LETTERHEAD NOR TO GET PHYSICAL SIGNATURES OF CHURCH
LEADERS]