Human rights abuses
have now been confirmed in South Sudan. South Sudan has been in a civil war since 2013, and the atrocities being committed are increasing.
The Christian Post says that South Sudan local church officials have indeed confirmed a report recently released by the United Nations documenting the horrors of the South Sudanese civil war which includes mass rapes, abuse of children, abuse of the disabled, and many heinous forms of torture and death.
The United Nations report lists what they call “harrowing accounts of pro-opposition civilians killed by being burned alive, suffocated in containers, shot, hanged from trees or cut to pieces.” Reports of forced cannibalism are noted in the report as well.
The civil war commenced in 2013 when President Salva Kiir and his supporters came into opposition with former Vice President Riek Machar. Both Kiir and Machar form two clashing ethnicities in South Sudan.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights especially noted the amount and frequency of rapes in South Sudan is disturbing. Over 1,300 rapes were reported in one state alone.
“The scale and types of sexual violence – primarily by Government SPLA forces and affiliated militia – are described in searing, devastating detail, as is the almost casual, yet calculated, attitude of those slaughtering civilians and destroying property and livelihoods,” said U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.
Some United States Christian leaders have taken it upon themselves to raise awareness of the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. All Christians can do as a body is to pray protection over individuals located in this region, and pray over the situation.
There is power in prayer.
Heavenly Father, we pray your protection over all those who are innocent victims in this area. May they never experience any violations against their person, nor violence in any way. We pray your presence over South Sudan, and we pray forward that these attacks will stop. You know the situation, Lord. We pray that it is resolved peacefully. Guide those in authority in wisdom. In Jesus name, Amen.