By Metedio Iceta-The Bishop of Kajo-Keji Diocese Rt Rev Emmanuel Murge Modi has said the South Sudan refugees living in camps in Uganda should have hope of peace.
Speaking in Moyo during a visit, Bishop Murge said: “It is our prayers that 2018 will be a year of peace because of the steps that revitalization committees have taken hence the signing Ceasefire. Have hope and faith that peace will return to South Sudan.”
He noted that the leaders of South Sudan and IGAD should strengthen the call for peace in order to protect humanity. Recently, the leaders of the warring factions signed an agreement of Ceasefire. But there is already a threat to that as there are counter accusations of attacks on their bases.
One of the refugees, James Sokiri Manashi, 24 year-old said much as the revitalization programme is put in place but still most of the refugees have doubt about peace returning to south Sudan.
“Some of my friends said this is not possible because it is not the first time of its kind and previously Anyanya War I people fought after ten years and they also came back for SPLA war of struggles and now after shot time after war broke out. We still doubt the peace,” he said.
Uganda is hosting over one million South Sudan refugees who have fled to seek for safety after war broke out between forces loyal to former Vice President, Dr Riek Machar and the government forces. Although there is still not much peace, some South Sudan refugees have started returning home, though not approved by UNHCR.
Sokiri said there is still much time need for South Sudan to regain lasting peace and this can only happens through prayers by seeking God’s Intervention.
Rev Elly Kajaminyo, the director of planning development and relief department of the diocese of Kajo-Keji said the diocese has put more efforts in preparing the refugees so that they will know what to do if they go back to their homeland.
“Some of them are satisfied with this little food given but we need to prepare through livelihood programmes in terms of suitability of the livelihood and self-reliance.
He noted that the refugees need to embrace unity because South Sudan has 64 and it is not easy to manage some of them.