Bishop William Kenney, auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, has called on the world to wake-up to the man made humanitarian disaster playing out in famine-torn South Sudan – a country he visited in 2012.
Speaking in response to a Pastoral Letter issued by the Catholic Bishops of South Sudan, Bishop Kenney said:
“Having visited the country over the past few years, I commend the pastoral message from my brother Bishops in the South Sudan.
“The people of that country are suffering a brutal civil war, resulting in widespread violence, economic breakdown and famine.
“The world must wake up to this man-made humanitarian disaster. The violence must stop and the international community must intervene.
“Meanwhile, I echo their concluding words and call on all people of goodwill to: ‘remain spiritually strong, and to exercise restraint, tolerance, forgiveness and love. Work for justice and peace; reject violence and revenge. We are with you.’
Bishop Kenney concluded:
“Please remember the people of South Sudan in your prayers, support the famine relief and put pressure on our government to do their utmost to help bring an end to the fighting.”
The following is an appeal for Humanitarian Assistance from the Catholic Bishops in South Sudan: South Sudan Bishops’ Pastoral Letter