Juba — A complete of 166 lifeless, 237 injured, 20,000 to 50,000 internally displaced individuals, 3,000 refugees: those figures constitute the tragedy skilled through the inhabitants of the States of Upper Nile and Jonglei in South Sudan since preventing between rival militias resumed in August.

They are quoted through Bishop Stephen Nyodho of Malakal in a determined enchantment, which says: “I cordially invite you to listen to the voices of your conscience and see the suffering of your people”. In an interview with “Eye Radio”, Bishop Nyodho additionally recalled South Sudan’s battle for independence from Sudan, which ended in 2011 with the proclamation of a brand new state with the capital Juba. The transient duration of peace used to be quick-lived, on the other hand, as civil battle broke out in December 2013, which noticed President Salva Kiir Mayardit and former Vice President Riek Machar towards one every other, and the involvement of more than a few different teams and militias.

After ups and downs and in spite of the signing of peace agreements in 2018, South Sudan continues to reside in lack of confidence and violence, that are these days concentrated principally in the Upper Nile and Jonglei areas (see Fides, 6/12/2022)

“My humble advice to the fighting groups is to stop the violence unconditionally, you are all brothers and sisters,” appealed the bishop, recalling that “all communities in Upper Nile are paying the unnecessary price for a crime they never committed. I call upon you sons and daughters of the Upper Nile to come together and keep in mind the common good and interests of the region.”

“It is with sadness and concern that I follow the news from South Sudan about the violent clashes of the past few days. We pray to God for peace and national reconciliation, that attacks will stop and that civilians will always be respected,” mentioned Pope Francis, who will seek advice from South Sudan in February, following the Angelus prayer on Sunday 11 December: “I follow with sorrow and concern the news from South Sudan about the violent clashes of the past few days. Let us pray to the Lord for peace and national reconciliation, so that the attacks may cease and that civilians may always be respected”.