By Iceta Metedio
Moyo. Christians have started gathering in Moyo Catholic Parish to pray for South Sudanese seeking safe haven in Uganda and return of peace in their country.
According to the Chairman Central Organising Committee, the LCV Chairperson of Moyo, Mr Williams Anyama, said they expect over 6,000 pilgrims for the commemoration of the 13th Annual provincial Peace prayer week.
The Peace Week has been a rotational event every year among the dioceses under Gulu Province. Anyama told West Nile Press Online on Wednesday that: “The Peace pilgrims will come from all the four dioceses and also from Soroti diocese, Hoima diocese, Eastern DRC and South Sudan. The citizens of the hosting diocese accept to keep and host the peace pilgrims and in doing so relations are built, prejudice is confronted and the message of oneness and peace spreads,” Anyama said.
Some of the pilgrims are expected from South Sudan diocese of Yei. The Peace Week starts from 22nd -26th January, 2018 under the theme: “Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in search of Peace.”
One of the Christians, Pauline Edea, said the celebration is a forum that create an opportunities for the people of Northern Uganda to come together in solidarity and reflect in prayer and discussion.
“This year Arua diocese has placed increased emphasis on peace within the Great lake region of East Africa with particular interest in the inclusion and participation of the South Sudan refugees,” she said.
She noted that the West Nile sub region in Uganda has witnessed a resurgence of South Sudanese refugees following resumption of the war between forces loyal to Riek Machar and Salva Kiir.
The Bishop of Arua diocese, Sabino Ocan Odoki, said they chose the theme of refugees because many of them have been displaced and are living in West Nile districts.