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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
AFRICA: SUDAN: BISHOPS CALL FOR HELP TO END VIOLENCE
CISA REPORT: WAU, November 1, 2011 (CISA) –Sudanese bishops are calling on the international community and African Union (AU) to intervene for peace in conflict prone regions; Abyei, Nuba Mountains, South Kordofan State and Darfur.
In a statement issued at the end of their Plenary Assembly on October 28 in Wau, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, covering the two Republics of Sudan said that they were deeply troubled by the ongoing violence in the two nations.
The bishops called for assistance in issues of citizenship and demarcation of boundaries while appealing for increased protection and humanitarian assistance for the affected populations.
“We call for open, transparent and democratic governance in both nations. The two nations must learn to live in peace with each other, but also with their own citizens,” the bishops stated.
The bishops rejected all policies which oppress, marginalise and dehumanise any citizens saying both countries are poor, and all their energy should be devoted to development and peace.
They also said there is an urgent need to open humanitarian corridors to allow food and medicines to reach those in need, according to the statement posted to CISA by Good News Radio (SCRN).
The bishops promised continued support in health and education sectors and urged that both governments of Sudan, traditional leaders, youth and all stakeholders use peaceful and legal means to resolve the conflict.
While reaffirming their commitment to ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue, the bishops assured that the Catholic Church in the two nations will continue being in solidarity regardless of geographical boundaries, ethnicity, religion, culture, or political affiliation.