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Faith-based organisations seek long term solutions to the conflict in Sudan.

Following the protracted conflict that erupted in Sudan between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in April, various African Faith Based Organisations are pushing for the peaceful resolution of the Sudanese conflict.

Sr. Jecinter Antoinette Okoth, FSSA – Nairobi.

Church officials from different ecumenical organisations based in Africa have been consulting to seek peace in the troubled nation of Sudan.

Support to refugees and the internally displaced

In a joint statement issued over the weekend, the faith based organisations cognizant (FBO) that Sudan is a member of the Arab League, the African Union and the United Nations have asked regional governments to “build and create alternative spaces for civil society and other non-state actors to help in bringing about sustainable solutions to the situation in Sudan.” They said.

The FBO further asked regional governments to facilitate unrestricted movement of and support to the refugees. They have also asked the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) to fast-track the peace process and push for a return to democratic civilian rule in Sudan.

Avoid being instrumentalised for violence

The ecumenical organisations based in Africa with their international partners recently met in a virtual meeting. The FBOs have since appealed to Sudanese citizens to remain vigilant against being instrumentalised for conflict and division and to reject all forms of violence.

“Stand up collectively and peacefully demand sustainable solutions to end the current violence and to continuously extend the hand of mercy and love to all, especially to those who have gravely suffered the consequences of violence, irrespective of their social, ethnic, religious and political identity and affiliation,” read the statement.

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