I had a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, today with the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby and his host, The Most Reverend Jackson Ole-Sapit, Primate of the Anglican Province of Kenya, on the deteriorating situation in South Sudan.
I will like to issue the following statement as Chair of CAPA:
The escalation in fighting, rapes, targeted killing and wanton destruction by all sides in the South Sudan conflict means that it has become the worst humanitarian crisis in Africa. A famine has now been confirmed in parts of South Sudan by both UN agencies and the government of South Sudan.
According to the UNHCR, it has created more than 1.5 million refugees, and thousands of civilian lives have been lost.
I strongly condemn this escalation in violence, and call on political and religious leaders, women and young people everywhere to find ways to halt the carnage.
CAPA will work with willing leaders from the region and further afield, to try to urge the warring parties to agree to an immediate ceasefire.
They must realise that Almighty God will require everyone to account for their actions here on earth.
We earnestly pray that God will touch the hearts of the warring parties to put the suffering children, mothers, wives, brothers and sisters, ahead of their individual ambitions and interests.
22 February 2017