Churches targeted in South Sudan’s civil war
March 23, 2016
A recent UN report documented the widespread murder and rape of civilians in the South Sudanese Civil War, which began in 2013.
The belligerents have “targeted places of refuge, including churches, hospitals, and UN bases,” according to the report. “Tens of thousands have been killed, and over two million South Sudanese have been displaced from their homes, more than 1.5 million of them within the country.”
South Sudan’s bishops have repeatedly called for peace in the 27 months since the conflict began.
The nation of 12.3 million, which became independent in 2011, is 40% Catholic.
- Archbishop Lukudu urges South Sudan leaders to act now and bring peace (Radio Bakhita)
- UN report highlights ‘searing’ account of killings, rapes by South Sudanese forces (United Nations)
- Churches targeted in South Sudan civil war, says UN (RNS)