GULU, AUGUST 12, 2016(CISA) – Religious leaders of Acholi sub-region in northern Uganda have called on the international community to urgently intervene to completely end violence in South Sudan.
“The international communities should do all it takes within their powers to ensure that calm returns to South Sudan and they should provide relief and medical assistance to the affected population,” said the leaders in a statement read by the chairman, Archbishop John Baptist Odama.
The leaders under the umbrella body of Acholi Religious Leaders’ Peace Initiative, (ARLPI), expressed ‘sadness’ by the recent conflict in South Sudan.
“We are deeply saddened by the recent conflict in South Sudan especially the violence in which many innocent lives were lost, others displaced and many more suffered innocently. As a good neighbor we feel duty bond and obliged to stand with you during this difficult time and also pass on to you and the whole world our feelings about the situation,” said the leaders.
They further thanked the government of South Sudan for calling for ceasefire that saved a lot of lives, the government of Uganda for swiftly moving into South Sudan to rescue Ugandans and other nationals from South Sudan, and the international community and other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) for the efforts they made to save and preserve lives in South Sudan.
ARLPI is an interfaith peace building and conflict transformation organization that was formed in 1997 as a proactive response to the conflict in Northern Uganda.
It brings together Anglican, Catholic, Muslim, Orthodox, Pentecostal and Seventh Day Adventist religious leaders and their respective constituencies to participate effectively in transforming conflict in northern Uganda and the surrounding region.