The struggle for peace in South Sudan

South Sudan got its independence from Sudan on 9th July, 2011 after longest bloody civil war. Unfortunately, the country descended back in civil war among themselves in December 2013 that continue to date. The war has more devastating impact than the longest civil wars for quest for independence from Sudan. 400,000 people estimate to have been killed, 1.5 million internally displace persons (IDPS) and 2.2 million refugees in neighboring countries and 5.5 million starving for lack of food.

The diocese was created at such a critical time. The bishop was elected on 18th January 2017 and confirmed to be bishop elect. That very week the war intensified and every one was rooted out of Kajo-keji with only 30,000 people run and camp in Logo, Kerwa and Ajio in internal displaced camps.

Challenged by Jesus and writings of Apostles and writer of the Hebrew 14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. And 2 Corinthian 5: 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling[b] the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation

The bishop Joseph Aba raised up to the challenges, makes contacts with leaders in the conflict, holds meetings with those in opposition in Kampala and bushes, government forces in Kajo-keji. Listening, engage and constructively challenge them to respect human life sanctity and rights. Because of my engagement for pursue for lasting and just peace. Keep my neutral position. This has catch up eyes even of the government and I was elected by the elders of Kajo-keji community to represent religious intuition in greater equatorial national dialogue.