14 December 2012

Kenya: Bishops Call for Demarcation of Borders

Lodwar — The Bishops of neighbouring Dioceses in Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia have called for borders demarcation to avoid conflicts and to achieve peaceful co-existence amongst the neighbouring communities of the four countries.

According to reports from the Sudan Catholic Radio Network, the appeal was launched during a Conference on peace and cross border evangelization at Lodwar Diocese.

Bishop Dominic Kimengich of Lodwar Diocese appealed to the international community to help in the border demarcation to avoid tensions and wars amongst the neighbouring pastoralist communities.

It is not uncommon for gangs to raid cattle from one border to another, especially between Kenya and Ethiopia, causing deaths and injuries.

Bishop Kimengich urged the Church officials to encourage peace building through reconciling the people.

The Bishop of Torit, Johnson Akio Mutek suggested the inclusion of elders in resolving the issues of the borders.

The meeting of the Bishops from the four countries was born from the need to find a common position on the issue of the Ilemi Triangle, an area of 14,000 square kilometres, disputed by South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia.

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