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South Sudan’s Christian leaders call for peace, repentance as thousands flee capital

July 12, 2016

South Sudan’s Christian leaders called for peace following a deadly renewal of violence between belligerents in the nation’s civil war.

“We condemn all acts of violence without exception,” the South Sudan Council of Churches said in a statement as thousands fled Juba, the nation’s capital. “The time for carrying and using weapons has ended; now is the time to build a peaceful nation.”

“We pray for those who have been killed, and for their families, and we ask God's forgiveness for those who have done the killing,” the statement continued. “However we also urge repentance and a firm commitment from all armed individuals, forces and communities, and from their leaders, to create an atmosphere where violence is not an option.”

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