Foreign Influence fanning crisis: Religious Leaders
By, Mach Samuel Peter,
April 25, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Foreign influence from people is fanning the flames of the crisis in the country, religious leaders in Jonglei state said. The Bishop of Ayod Diocese, Rt. Rev. Thomas Tut and Bishop of Duk, Rt. Rev. Daniel Deng warned in a joint statement after prayer at Bor Diocesan headquarters in Bor on Sunday that there are outside forces investing in the crisis who wish not to see the end of it.
“It is a conflict with outside influence that is bringing confusion in our country,” Tut said. “The war that started as a misunderstanding within the ruling SPLM has become an investment for neighboring nations,” he added.
Tut urged the two warring parties to come together in the next round of IGAD Plus peace talks and reach an agreement for peace in the country. “Sign it, no matter who take what. Bringing peace is a matter of compromise. It is give –and-take nobody can say will win everything,” Tut added.
Tut, said peace will come when communities realized that there is need for togetherness and unity, and those who committed atrocities to publicly apologize for tangible peace to be realized. He said the conflict has affected the spreading of the word of God because there is limitation of gospel from one community to another. “It affected the church because many people died for example pastors were killed in Juba, Bor and Malakal,” Tut said.
The Bishop of Duk Diocese, Rt. Rev. Daniel Deng for his part said the church is longing for peace without conditions. “And that peace we need is true peace without interest,” he said. “This nation is very expensive for us to get independent in 2011, our flag is very expensive, 2.5 million lives perished so there is no way we can turn back on one another and destroy our own country,” Bishop Deng said. Like Tut, Deng urged the two parties to come together in the next round of talks and agree on any proposal that brings peace to the country.