The Catholic and Episcopal (Anglican) Archbishops of South Sudan, Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro of Juba and Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan, have issued a joint pastoral letter in advance of the first anniversary of South Sudan’s independence celebrations on July 9.
In their joint statement, they recognize the “many good developments” that South Sudan has seen since separating from Sudan, including new roads that are being built, telecommunications networks that are expanding, embassies that are being established all over the world and government institutions that are beginning to develop.
At the same time, they “note with sadness” the many challenges and problems still ahead of this infant nation: large sums of money allegedly stolen by government officials, the danger of constantly looming ethnic discontent within the country and deteriorating relations with South Sudan’s northern neighbor, Sudan. Archbishops Loro and Bul also acknowledge the ongoing civil wars in Sudan’s Darfur, Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions, and call for “immediate international humanitarian access to all these areas.”
Read the full statement here: