Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sudanese Archbishop Appeals for Int'l Action in Struggle for Peace

From Christian Post-

The chief archbishop of the Episcopal Church of Sudan is calling upon the international community to urge their respective government officials to be more active in the effort to bring peace to the conflict-stricken country.

In his appeal, the Most Rev. Dr. Daniel Deng Bul Yak, archbishop and primate of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, highlighted the recent attacks on people in the Sudanese states of Western Equatoria and Jonglei, where over forty people – men, women, and children – were killed.

“Consequently in the view of the Church, this was not a tribal conflict as commonly reported, but a deliberately organized attack on civilians by those that are against the peace in Southern Sudan,” Deng stated, referring to the attack last month in Jonglei that also left an archdeacon dead.

According to Deng, Archdeacon Joseph Mabior Garang of Wernyol, who served as the commissary for the archbishop in the Diocese of Twic East, was fatally shot at the altar of the church in Wernyol during a morning prayer service. Tens of others were also wounded as a result of the attack by gunmen dressed in army uniforms and armed with automatic weapons.

“I have learnt from Episcopal Church sources on the ground that the attackers … appeared well-organized and properly trained,” Deng reported.

Just a couple of weeks earlier, there had been an attack in the town of Ezo by the Lord’s Resistance Army – a sectarian guerrilla army based in northern Uganda – that left three people dead, including a member of the Episcopal Church. The attack also resulted included the abduction of children who were in the Episcopal church building in Ezo.

“I hear from Bishop John Zawo of the Episcopal Diocese of Ezo that the attack could have been avoided if better military security had been given to the town,” Deng stated.

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