In a statement issued to Agenzia Fides – the information service of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (2 August 2016) – Bishop Barani Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, President of the Inter-Faith Council for Peace Initiatives in Greater Western Equatoria, has warned the international community: “If South Sudan is ignored, the tide of refugees reaching Europe’s shores could be swelled.”
Bishop Kussala appealed for international pressure to be brought to bear in persuading President Salva Kiir and the former Vice-President Riek Machar, to stop fighting and return to the negotiating table to implement a power-sharing agreement they signed a year ago.
The bishop praised the humanitarian work of international agencies, including Trocaire, who must deal with the human tragedy that the war in South Sudan is causing.
With the help of international humanitarian agencies “… we can make sure that our country has a future. The bishop pointed out that South Sudan is potentially very rich with oil, minerals and agriculture. However, all of that potential is evaporating because of “a small minority” refusing to place the greater good before factional interests.
Bishop Kussala said that the tragedy of South Sudan is being overlooked in the media by the terrorist attacks in Europe and in other parts of the world. Ominously, his statement warned, “Europe cannot ignore it otherwise it will be overwhelmed by another wave of refugees.”
Read the full Agenzia Fides report here: