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Archbishop calls for end to violence in South Sudan

Posted on: July 12, 2016 7:46 AM
A South Sudanese combatant with a G3 rifle
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Related Categories: Abp Welby, conflict, Reconciliation, South Sudan

[ACNS] The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has issued an impassioned appeal for the leaders in South Sudan to cease hostilities immediately and accept mediation.

Speaking last night (Monday), Archbishop Justin also appealed to all those close to the leaders to seek to persuade them to accept such urgent mediation. Those who will suffer most are the poorest, especially women and children. Those who pursue violence will face the judgement of God in answer to the cries of the souls of those whose death they have caused.

“They can still turn back,” Archbishop Justin said. “With our voices and our prayers to Jesus the Prince of Peace, let us call on them to do so,”

The Archbishop has visited South Sudan over the past two and a half years and seen for himself areas where the war had struck and the heart-breaking suffering of the people. The failure of the leaders is clear.