South Sudanese Christians demonstrate against the ongoing incursion in the South. [Gurtong]
By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 04 May 2012 [Gurtong] – The churches staged a peaceful demonstration in the South Sudanese capital Juba yesterday where they questioned the role of the international community specifically the United Nations in responding to the situation of South Sudanese in the Sudan.
The churches claimed the United Nations and members of the international community are not responding to avert an anticipated situation on South Sudanese in Sudan, which they described as genocide”.
They marched from the Dr John Garang Mausoleum to the Sudanese and US embassies and to the office of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to present their petition over reports that South Sudanese are being mistreated in Sudan.
“Today, we the Christians here in South Sudan gather to protest against the burning of churches in Khartoum, mistreatment and forceful recruitment of South Sudanese into the army. We need justice and equality. Stop killing Christians, UN why are you quiet?” were some of the messages from the demonstrators.
Addressing the representative of the UNMISS at the UNMISS compound, the representative of the churches Rev. Paul Deng said the UN’s slowness to respond to the situation “seems to us like a plan genocide and they-(Khartoum government and international community) they want to kill South Sudanese in one way or the other”
The church also expressed concern over measures by the African Union and the United Nations of threatening to impose sanctions on South Sudan on ground that it has attacked Heglig, an area claimed belongs to Sudan.
UNMISS Deputy Representative for Political Affairs, Rasedon Zenenga expressed the UNMISS concern over deteriorating relations between the two countries.
“UNMISS is confined to areas of operation which is within the territories of South Sudan and we have no mandate to monitor on what is happening at the border between the two countries; Sudan and South Sudan.”