Catholic church retired Bishop Makram Max condemns communal violence in Agok

 

Bishop Macram Max Gassis speaking to the media | Credit photo | Top

The Catholic Church retired Archbishop Macram Max has condemned the violence involving people from Twic County of Warrap State and Abyei Administrative Area.

The bishop says he is concerned about the fighting which left more than twenty people dead in Agok in Abyei Administrative Area in February.

And the bishop quoted Pope Francis saying, “Violence is not the cure for our broken world, adding that confronting violence with violence leads at best to forced migrations and great suffering.”

The bishop called on the parties to stop hostilities and to follow dialogue as a peaceful way to resolve the conflict.

The church leader appealed to politicians at the local and national levels to contribute to reducing the tension in the region.

Macram denounced, in particular, that vehicles belonging to his church and the organization he runs were threatened by armed men, which he did not identify to the media.

On the 7th of March, armed men stopped a church convoy traveling from Abyei to Turalei and threatened the passengers who included priests with a weapon.

Bishop Max said that humanitarian organizations and the church are there to help people.

He says they do not participate in any conflict, and urged all parties to respect them and help them do their work.

The bishop called on the members of the two communities and their politicians, to set an example for the nation and the world by breaking the cycle of violence.