A statement from Catholic Relief Services and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops calls for continued support from the U.S. government for efforts to restore peace in South Sudan and for victims of the recent violence.
Submitted to a hearing held by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, the joint statement asks the U.S. to reaffirm its commitment to South Sudan and demonstrate that commitment through a continuation of humanitarian assistance and involvement in the peace process.
The world’s newest nation, South Sudan was formed when it seceded from Sudan in 2011, bringing to an end decades of war that killed and displaced millions of people. But in recent months, the new nation has been threatened by an outbreak of fighting among rival political factions, exacerbated by ethnic tensions.
“There is a fear that if the fighting does not end soon, South Sudan will descend into civil
war,” the statement says. “Tragically, the effects of civil war could spread into the wider region should peace efforts fail and humanitarian needs remain unmet.”
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