Refugees regret ceasefire violations

South Sudanese pray for peace in Arua at St Thomas Abiriambati last Sunday (photo by Gaaniko Samson Jerry):

By Gaaniko Samson Jerry

South Sudan refugees living in northwestern Uganda have regretted the violations of the permanent ceasefire agreement by the warring parties just hours after it came into effect.

The South Sudanese faithful living in Arua converged at St Thomas Abiriamabti Church of Uganda on Sunday to pray for peace so that the parties could reach to final peace deal despite continues ceasefire violations.

They said the ongoing peace talk between the two warring parties had raised hope among many refugees with the possibility of ending the South Sudan’s five-year old civil war that displaced almost half of the population.

Speaking to Juba Monitor in an exclusive interview on Sunday, Rev. Pastor Ezekiel Juma William said it was undesirable that blood was still being shade and gunshots being heard in the country yet the peace talks continue in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

“We don’t understand why there is still fighting but our continuous prayer is the only answer for peace in South Sudan,” Pastor William said.

The clergy urged the warring parties to silence their guns and respect the permanent ceasefire agreement they have just signed in Khartoum.

He said that the leaders needed to give their hearts to pray for peace in the country to end the agony of generations fleeing from conflicts after conflicts.

Meanwhile, one of the preachers Emmanuel Mbaraza said South Sudan was full of killing, tribalism and many South Sudanese have taken refuge in the neighbouring countries due to horrible things taking place in South Sudan.

He claimed that in Yambio where he fled from and other parts of the country people were still living in fear, adding the warring parties must respect the commitment they pledged during the recent signing of permanent ceasefire agreement in Khartoum few days ago.

“People want to go back to their indigenous homes to promote development in their areas so that the country can prosper,” Mbaraza said.




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