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Massive displacement alarming – Bishops

By Kidega Livingstone

The Bishops from Episcopal Church of South Sudan of the greater Central Equatoria State said the massive displacement in several locations in the state is alarming following frequent movement of the people from their homes to nearby churches and schools.

Speaking to journalists after meeting the Governor of Central Equatoria State, Archbishop of Metropolitan  Episcopal Church of South Sudan, Paul Pitya Benjamin Yugusuk said that the situation of the Internally Displaced Persons was very bad in different locations in the state that needed urgent intervention from the government and Non-Governmental Organizations.

“We shared the massive displacement with Governor Emmanuel Adil of Central Equatoria State because we have thousands of Internally Displaced Persons in greater Central Equatoria State. We want to work together with the state government to deliver services to our people,” Archbishop Yugusuk told journalists after briefing the Governor on the situation of the IDPs in his office yesterday.

Archbishop Yugusuk said the government should resume the negotiation on the Revitalized Peace Agreement with those of Thomas Cirilo and others to bring peace to avoid displacement because the massive displacement came as a result of the conflict between forces of Thomas and government. 

“We have been in all the locations, the humanitarian situation of the Internally Displaced Persons is very bad that need urgent intervention,” said the Archbishop.

He said the root cause of the displacement was the havoc from the armed forces on civilians.

In his part Episcopal Bishop of Terekeka region, Paul Moding said that South Sudanese should respect themselves so that it can give room for dialogue.

I want to appeal to our communities in Terekea and Tali and other places to stop killing themselves,” he said,

In another development, Archbishop Paul Yugusuk said the churches have launched prayer for the murdered three children in Rock City .

“This was a criminal act. It was very unfortunate, as churches and bishops we have committed ourselves to pray for the family,” he said.    

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