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We are the largest association of Protestant, Orthodox and Indigenous churches in Africa.

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MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY AND GOODWILL TO THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH SUDAN AND AFRICA AT THE SIGNING OF THE REVITALIZED AGREEMENT ON THE RESOLUTION OF THE CONFLICT IN THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN (R-ARCSS)

 

October 28, 2018

           

          People of South Sudan, People of Africa, People of God!

 

On 12th September 2018,the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was signed byH.E President Salva Kiir and H.Dr.Riek Machar; SPLM-Former Detainees; South Sudan Opposition Alliance and Other Political Parties; the 17 Stakeholders and 6 Guarantor Heads of State and IGAD; the AU High Level Ad-hoc Committee on South Sudan and Africa and International Partners and Witnesses to the long-awaited culmination of years of dreaming, hoping, praying, negotiating and not a few false starts.

 

We commend all the parties for agreeing to sit at the negotiating table with the aim of bringing lasting peace to the nation. The implementation of the Revitalized Agreement to resolve the conflict should be pursued at all costs and with the right leadership; South Sudan can be great again.

 

As the great task of Nation Building starts, it will require hard work, selflessness, love and a focused, firmcommitment to the ideals of Ubuntu. The people of South Sudan must now rise up and steer their nation to their God given destiny guided by a common vision for the nation that they shall bequeath to the coming generations. As we continue to journey with and support you, we strongly urge all the people of South Sudan, both in the country and the diaspora, to invest in laying the right foundations for a peaceful and prosperous Nation -State.A deliberate effort to build trust and confidence in the process will require a deep sense of authenticity on everyone’s part.Additionally, each man, woman, boy and girl, starting with the leaders, needs to be fully persuaded that South Sudan’s boundaries contain an abundance that every citizen has the right to enjoy and steward. But without peace, this may never be realized.

 

Nation Building, Reconstruction, Healing and Reconciliation will need to take top priority so that those of our brothers and sister who were forced to flee can come back and find a safe space to contribute to the future of South Sudan.

 

As we mark this auspicious occasion surrounded by the great cloud of witnesses that is the individuals, neighbouring countries and the international community, let the people of South Sudan unite in their determination towards renewal. Without a commitment to instituting lasting peace, the generations of the future will judge the current one harshly.

 

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” Matthew 5:9

Signed

         
 
           The Most Rev. Albert Chama

Primate, Church of the Province of Central Africa &

Chairman, Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA)

 
 

                        

International Day of Peace Symposium

 

The All Africa Conference of churches (AACC), in partnership with United Religions Initiative (URI-Africa) and Christian Aid, organized a Symposium to celebrate the International day of Peace at Desmond Tutu Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya,on 21 September 2018. It brought together more than 100 participants drawn from the AACC member churches and the two partner organizations. The partner organizations have decided to focus this year’s celebration on the issue of Internally Displaced People (IDPs), who constitute a threat to peace, because their rights are not recognized and respected.

Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.The theme of the International Day this year is “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”. This year also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. 

The Symposium was opened by the AACC outgoing General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Andre Karamaga, who spoke about three levels of peace: peace in oneself, peace between individuals and peace between communities or nations. 

 The Symposium was the opportunity for the participants to listen to presentations and testimonies and alsoshareon the situation of IDPs and refugees in a number of countries. The aim of the interaction was to reflect on the role faith-based organizations couldplay in alleviating their suffering.The facilitators highlighted the cases of different countries, namely Ghana, DRC, Nigeria and South Sudan.

Participants viewed the message from the UN General Secretary, Antonio GuterresAmbMussie Hailu from URI-Africa was represented by Mrs. Rattan Channa, who also brought his message to the participants.

In his keynote address, Mr. Bob kikuyu,the Global Senior Advisor: Theology and Church Partnerships at Christian Aid said: ‘There can be no true holistic peace for a nation, when there are displaced people’. ‘God has placed us in a particular place at a particular time for a divine purpose. When we displace people, we deny them their right and purpose’, he continued. He shared about a number of international and African legal instruments about IDPs, namely the Kampala Convention of 2012, the first legally binding African instrument on the plight of IDPS. He also indicated that it was not very well known and was applied differently in countriesdepending on the contexts. He called on faith-based organizations to raise awareness on the said Convention and advocate for its implementation. He finally encouraged them to embrace IDPs, because their own peace depended on theirs.

Participants made a number of suggestions on what faith-based organizations could do, including awareness creation, pastoral and humanitarian care and advocacy.

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