Bishops Urge International Aid For South Sudan As Millions Starve
by Joseph Hartropp, Christian Today:
Church leaders in South Sudan have urged international intervention in the region as millions suffer starvation and conflict.
In a pastoral letter published yesterday from the South Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference, the bishops said: ‘Our country is gripped by a humanitarian crisis – famine, insecurity and economic hardship. Our people are struggling simply to survive. While there have been poor rains in many parts of the country, there is no doubt that this famine is man-made, due to insecurity and poor economic management.
‘Millions of our people are affected, with large numbers displaced from their homes and many fleeing to neighbouring countries, where they are facing appalling hardships in refugee camps.’
The church leaders urged ‘immediate and unconditional concrete intervention and action before thousands of innocent lives are carried away and before it is too late’.
Bishop William Kenney of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said: ‘Having visited the country over the past few years, I commend the pastoral message from my brother bishops in South Sudan. The people of that country are suffering a brutal civil war, resulting in widespread violence, economic breakdown and famine. The world must wake up to this man-made humanitarian disaster. The violence must stop and the international community must intervene.
‘Please remember the people of South Sudan in your prayers, support the famine relief and put pressure on our government to do their utmost to bring an end to the fighting.’