Christians Observe Christmas Eve With Calls For Peace

Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk, has urged the people of Jonglei state to continue praying for peace as they celebrate Christmas in the volatile state.

Christians Observe Christmas Eve With Calls For Peace In The Volatile State
Christmas Eve celebrations in Bor, Jonglei State. [Jacob Achiek Jok]

By Jacob Achiek Jok

BOR, 25 December 2012 [Gurtong] –“Today is the 24 of December of year 2012 and this mark the day on which the lord Jesus Christ was born, it is celebrated worldwide but we in Jonglei state we are not exception we celebrated as Bor town are marching on the streets ahead of the Jesus day,” Kuol Manyang said during the Christmas Eve celebrations in Bor town.

The governor urges the Christians enjoy the festivities as the organized forces will take control of the security during the Christmas and in the New Year.

The Bishop of Bor Diocese, Ruben Akurdit Ngong said it is their important day for the Christian all over the world to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ with happiness and great joy.

“I need everyone to put the spirit of our lord Jesus Christ in his heart and we wait together for the birth of our Lord which will be born in our heart on 25,” Ruben Akurdit said.

 Rebecca Achol appeal for the residents to attend in big number so that they can celebrate the day and and pray for peace so that their state can get stable like some of the states in South Sudan.

“I am not happy when I see some of the states are leaving in peace while Jonglei state is hostile,” Achol said.

The Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) contributed in disseminating peace messages within the ethnic communities in the state.

Over 95 percent of the people living in Bor town are Christians.

Bor Diocese Bishop, Ruben Akurdit Ngong urged citizens to adopt peace during the Christmas period as 2012 has been a good year for the signing of peace accords by the traditional leaders in May.

He said many people have been displaced to the country side due to inter tribal conflicts.

He said government should intervene on the security sector by deploying more security forces in counties, payams and bomas during the celebrations.

Last year the state government provided better security in all 11 counties during the Christian celebrations.

Jonglei state is one of the states in South Sudan considered to be a volatile since the signing of Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) people have been engaged themselves in cattle rustling and children abduction.

 Last year, tribal conflict between Murle and Lou-Nuer resulted to displacement of about 15,000 people in Likuongole area.

This year the people of Jonglei state where about to achieve peace but was interrupted by renegade David Yau Yau who rebel against the government and attacked the South Sudan army in Pibor County.

 After losing out on a seat in April 2010 elections, Yau Yau rebelled against Juba's government, but accepted an amnesty in June 2011. He later returned to rebellion in April.

Both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have condemned a string of reported abuses -- including shootings, torture and rape -- as security forces crack down on those seen to support the rebels.

More than 2,600 people have been killed in Jonglei in the past 18 months, according to the United Nations.

Over 600 people were massacred in Jonglei's Pibor area after an 8,000-strong militia force went on the rampage last December, according to UN, although local officials reported the figure to have been even higher.

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