Singers, flags, and drums staged a joyous celebration before regional dignitaries gathered for the festivities marking the new peace deal signed in South Sudan. President Salva Kiir spoke at the festive event, and in unprecedented humility, he apologized for the 5-year civil war that has gripped the world’s newest nation. “As your president, I want to apologize on behalf of all the parties for what we have caused you, our people. I deeply regret the physical and psychological wounds you have had. Today marks the end of the war in the Republic of South Sudan,” he said.
Rebel leader and former Vice-President, Riek Machar returned to the capital, Juba, to take part in the ceremony. “We came for peace and to end the suffering of people, “ Machar said. Skeptics that the peace agreement will hold abound, as they see little difference in it and previous attempts. Thousands have been killed in the conflict, mostly innocent civilians. Both sides have committed unspeakable atrocities. One-third of the population has been displaced. As many as 2 ½ million people have fled as refugees. Those who have stayed have struggled to survive famines caused by the inability to plant and harvest amid so much turmoil.
- Praise be to God Almighty that these bitter political enemies have reconciled and are urging their followers to reconcile with their former enemies as well (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:18).
- Pray the peace agreement will hold in the critical months ahead. It will take time for wounds to heal and for the government to begin working effectively for the South Sudanese people (The Bible, Proverbs 8:15).
- Pray that as peace takes hold, the economy and the lives of individuals will begin to prosper and give them hope (The Bible, Job 11:18, Proverbs 13:12).
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