West & Central Africa

Bishop of Yei, South Sudan, decries lack of media coverage of massacres.

Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe of Yei, in South Sudan has decried the lack of attention and coverage of the massacres and killings in South Sudan by the media. Speaking in a radio program on Radio Easter, Bishop Tombe said, “Notwithstanding a return to calm in the South Sudanese city of Yei, those living in rural areas continue to die immersed in the deafening silence of the media.”
The Bishop criticizes the international community for “the indifferent gaze” and inability to act against the massacres in South Sudan.

The Bishop added that South Sudanese are “now living in fear” because both military and civilians supporters of President Kiir, target people suspected of supporting the rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar, These sort of attacks have killed a lot of people in rural areas on the suburbs of Yei.

The Bishop Pleaded for cessation of the conflicts pointing out that people are dying of starvation while many need medications. The Bishop pleaded for international humanitarian assistance.

Earlier this week, the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba, Archbishop Paulino Lokudu Loro, said all evening prayers and programs to celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Eve and by implication all prayers for New Year’s Eve, have been cancelled in Juba due to security fears. This, he explained, is because, armed people, known as “unknown gunmen”, would usually go round at times like this firing shots in the air and robbing civilians during the occasions which is a big concern for the Church “(they) always shoot guns, who do you think will come for prayers? So that is the reason,” Lokudu explains.