7 December 2012

South Sudan: Continue to Journey With Us, Says Church Official

Juba — Churches and ecumenical partners have been urged not to abandon the people of South Sudan now that independence has finally come, but rather to continue to journey with them.

"We still have quite a number of pending issues such as border arbitration and incisive decisions on the contested Abbei, south Kordofan and Blue Nile areas. We would like the Church and ecumenical partners to continue to support the people of South Sudan on this, among others," stressed Mrs Joy Kwaje, a member of the Central Committee of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC).

Mrs Kwaje was speaking in an interview with CISA on December 6, while attending a three-day international symposium, organized by the AACC and whose theme was The Church in Africa, Opportunities, and Responsibilities.

Mrs Kwaje, who is the Member of Parliament for Juba West, Area 4 constituency said some of the current political issues facing the country were based on the fact that , the contents of the historic Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Khartoum Government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement of 2005 have not been fully implemented.

"This is where we would like the Church and its ecumenical partners step in," stressed Mrs Kwaje.

"The Church both inside and outside the country have a history of effective journeying with the people of the South Sudan. This is why we are now calling on the Church and its ecumenical partners not to abandon us, but on the contrary continue to support us and more so in this hour of need as the case is today," she added.

It will be recalled; she further told CISA that both the AACC and the World Council of Churches (WCC) have a history of having been involved in the liberation of the South Sudan for many years.

"In 1972, for example, the AACC and WCC were major players in brokering peace between the Khartoum Government and the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement that was said to have brought a relative peace to the country.

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