03 Jan Following the Crisis in South Sudan
Amidst the celebration of Christmas and New Years, stories of violence and conflict in the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, was also a part of the holiday news stream. Fighting broke out after South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his deputy, Riek Machar, split ways, and Kiir accused Machar of staging a coup. Machar in turn accused the president of conducting a violent purge.
According to the BBC, “Thousands of people are feared to have been killed in the fighting, which has pitched army units loyal to President Salva Kiir against a loose alliance of ethnic militia forces and mutinous army commanders loyal to ex-vice president Riek Machar.
“Whatever the trigger, this quickly became a war, with Mr Machar leading rebel forces that have taken key towns like Bor and Bentiu, as well as oilfields. The fighting has since spread across the country, with the rebels seizing several areas in the oil-rich north.”
Peace talks are currently taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The United States is currently working to move US citizens out of the country, and the United Nations have moved in additional peace keeping troops. For more information about the unfolding story, you can read an analysis of the current situation at BBC News.
Susan Tabia, founder of Lahash’s partner Amazing Grace Children’s Home in Uganda (just south of the South Sudan border), sent a quick update and plea for prayer.
“There are calls from Juba begging me to allow them to camp at Amazing Grace, while others simply said they are on their way to Kampala,” Susan told us. “According to those who came from Juba, the shooting had stopped, but the warriors resorted to slaughter their victims at night. According to them, the situation is very bad. It was not easy to get news, since nobody was allowed to move out of their houses. People also feared to receive phone calls.”
Please continue to pray not just for the chaotic and violent situation in South Sudan, but for the millions of people in the surrounding areas that are being impacted, as well as Susan Tabia and the Amazing Grace Children’s Home specifically.