South Sudan Leaders Appeal for Forgiveness after Brutal Civil War


South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his deputy Wani Igga have joined a campaign seeking to reunite and reconcile South Sudanese people torn apart by a five-year conflict. Using pre-recorded audio messages aired on local radio stations, the leaders of the world’s youngest nation are urging the people of South Sudan to embrace forgiveness to pave way for nationwide reconciliation. “As the president of the republic, I feel duty bound to lead the people of South Sudan to forgive each other, even when forgiveness is being perceived as a weakness by those to whom they are forgiving,” Kiir said in an audio message. “Indeed, South Sudanese have brutally destroyed themselves—untold loss of lives, untold loss of property, and those who lost property and dear ones are definitely bitter. This reconciliation should be preceded by forgiveness. You reconcile in order to forgive and open a new page,” Igga said. South Sudan descended into civil war in late 2013, and the conflict has created one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world.

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