Juba (Agenzia Fides) - "The government is the orchestrator of the war, and the people are suffering as a result ", denounces Mgr. Santo Loku Pio Doggale, auxiliary Bishop of Juba, in an interview with National Catholic Reporter.
"Civilians are being brutally mistreated", the auxiliary bishop of the capital of Juba said of those who are the victims of violence — victims who have, at the moment, "no resource to justice. It's a big mess".
The civil war which broke out in December 2013 between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar resulted in thousands of victims and the displacement of nearly two and a half million people.
The conflict assumed an ethnic dimension, as the two contenders appealed to their respective ethnic groups: Dinka for Kiir and Nuer for Machar.
"The blood of the tribe is thicker than the water of Baptism", says Mgr. Doggale. "Our government is Catholic. They read the Bible. They go to church. But how much do they put into practice?", asks the Bishop. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 23/8/2017)