Catholic bishops in South Sudan have praised the recent peace agreement for neighbouring Sudan, which has experienced political turmoil since April, when the military ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
“Our hearts went out for Sudan during the period under which the country was facing the turmoil. Actually we are still Sudanese; we share the common border; our history is intertwined; our behaviour is the same; ours is a scenario of two countries with one system,” South Sudan’s bishops said in a statement towards the end of last month.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir witnessed the peace agreement, and bishops in both countries are part of the same episcopal conference. South Sudan attained independence from Sudan July 9, 2011.
“We still have thousands of refugees from South Sudan living in Sudan,” the bishops said, adding that “the conflict in Sudan really hit at home”.