THE Archbishop of Canterbury, visiting South Sudan, amid
political instability and in the wake of violent clashes, has urged
With the Archbishop of Sudan and South Sudan, Dr Daniel Deng, he
visited and prayed over an open mass grave containing the remains
of murdered church workers.
He said afterwards: "What we saw today in Bor was truly
devastating. The truth must be established, the victims recognised,
and the suffering acknowledged. Establishing the truth has to be
the firststep towards reconciliation. We are called to tell the
truth in love."
Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, changed hands between
government forces and the rebels several times during the conflict,
which brokeout on 15 December (
News, 20 December).
The President, Salva Kiir, has accused his former deputy, Riek
Machar, of plotting a coup - an accusation that Mr Machar has
denied. During the month-long dispute, killings followed on ethnic
lines. Mr Kiir is a member of the Dinka community, and Mr Machar is
from the Nuer ethnic group.
About 490,000 people are thought to have been displaced. A
fragile ceasefire was signed two weeks ago, and peace talks are due
to resume today.
Archbishop Welby met President Kiir, and said afterwards that
they had talked "of the nature of forgiveness and what is needed,
and His Excellency expressed his commitment to be a
Archbishop Welby told Christians in South Sudan that they were
not forgotten, and urged them to see themselves as "God's people of
Preaching in All Saints' Cathedral, Juba, he said that
Christians in England prayed daily for them. "Your courage and
faith gives us courage and faith," he said.
The Archbishop plans to visitall the Primates in the Anglican
Communion during his first 18 months in office. With Mrs Welby, he
spent five days in South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, and the Democratic
Republic of the Congo (DRC).
In Rwanda, he said how far the country had come since the
genocide 20 years ago. "We must doall we can to encourage the
vitalwork of reconciliation and healing,and the overcoming of
fear," he said.
In the DRC, which has suffered several decades of conflict, and
much sexual violence, Archbishop Welby expressed the wish to "show
the love and solidarity of the wider Church amidst all you have