The recent, unfortunate events in the Republic of South Sudanhave prompted a lot of efforts in the part of South Sudanese in general and Jonglei State Communities in the United States in particular.
The triangle of violence that persisted in the region for a long time now reached a very dangerous stage when they began to kill innocent members of their communities. In the past it did not happen as they follow cultural teaching that in a community war, innocent community members cannot be victimized. These include the elderly, the women and children. Now, they kill every one of them if they get them, even if they cannot walk, even if they are sick.
The ‘triangle of death’, as I call it, is comprised of Murle, Lou Naath (wrongly referred to as Nuer, which should have been Nuar) Community and Dinka Bor. The three have been doing things that have not been very helpful even after the CPA (known as the Comprehensive Peace Agreement). These people were supposed to get relief in the whole of the Republic of South Sudan; a newly born nation being tired of war, but just made it worse.
Therefore many of us in Diaspora would like to participate in speaking with our people who are killing themselves.
Now the current ongoing fight has claimed the lives of 3,000 on both sides of Murle and Lou Naath communities.
The members of Jonglei State of the Republic of South Sudan communities of Diaspora in the U.S.A. decided to meet in Washington, D.C. They have elected about 15 members of their own, including myself, Rev. Goanar J. Chol, to meet on Friday Jan. 13, to Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in hopes of exploring how we can resolve the violence.
Please, continue to pray for the peace efforts that are being pursued and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which is the main sponsor of this peace that started some years ago with an organization called RECONCILE.
Sudanese Ministries Resource Person
Presbytery of Des Moines