AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - The Auxiliary of Juba: "No to National Prayer called by the President whose troops are responsible for the tragedy that afflicts us"

Monday, 6 March 2017 bishops   war crimes  

Juba (Agenzia Fides) - "Why should I go to pray where there is no holiness, where there is no forgiveness? It is a joke to hear the President of the Country calling prayers while at the moment, the soldiers are hunting people across South Sudan", said Mgr. Santo Loku Pio Doggale, Auxiliary Bishop of Juba, capital of South Sudan, in rejecting the invitation of President Salva Kiir to attend the national day of prayer scheduled for March 10 to pray for peace in the Country, devastated by civil war.
In an interview with the Voice of America, Mgr. Doggale added: "I have been praying for South Sudan every day. That prayer called by Salva Kiir; I will never and never understand. Unless they carry me as a corpse but I will never attend that prayer. It is a political prayer. It is a mockery".
The Auxiliary Bishop of Juba rejected the call, citing that the action of President Kii’s army has caused displacement of Equatoria Region areas of Lango, Acholi, Madi, Kaku, Kuku and Upper Nile displacement of Shilluk tribe from their homes. "People are being thrown away from their ancestral land. There have been a lot of robbery of the resources of the people ", he concluded. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 06/03/2017)