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South Sudan: archbishop pleads for help to stave off war

Catholic World News - April 24, 2012

Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro of Juba, the capital of South Sudan, has asked world leaders to help resolve the border dispute between Sudan and South Sudan.

Heavy fighting along the border, the bombing of Juba by airplanes from the north, and the mobilization of troops on both sides have fueled fears of that Africa’s longest and bloodiest civil war could be rekindled in the border dispute, which involves oil-rich territory.

President Omar al Bashir, the head of the Khartoum government, has rejected talks with the newly independent South Sudan, saying, “with them we only negotiate with rifles and bullets.” But Archbishop Lukudo Loro counters that “the people of South Sudan do not want war.”

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