For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in
— Matthew 25:35 NIV
The Presbyterian Church in Canada, Anglican Church of Canada and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops have written a letter to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, requesting more aid and attention to the famine situation and human rights violations happening in South Sudan.
The churches hope the Prime Minister will bring additional support to the United Nations mission in South Sudan, more humanitarian assistance and will assist in restoring the rule of law and protecting human rights. As well, the letter asks that the Prime Minister work diligently with Canadian businesses both at home and abroad, as well as with the international community, to prevent weapons and other military-grade material from reaching South Sudan.
“Mr. Prime Minister, if the violence continues unabated, the ethnic tribes in South Sudan risk becoming further alienated from one another, making the governing of this young country more difficult and complex when eventually there is a cessation to the violence. The deep social scars which will inevitably follow this civil war could put South Sudan into a perpetual state of volatility with the outbreak of further societal ills ever present. We already witness this tragic state of affairs in other regions of the world. The international community cannot allow this to be repeated in South Sudan.”
Read a message from the World Council of Churches: Where despair prevails, South Sudan churches issue Easter hope message