Archbishop joins African counterparts in condemning civil war in Sudan

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba is one of 14 archbishops of African provinces of the Anglican Communion who have condemned what they call the “devastating civil war” raging in Sudan.

In a letter of solidarity to the Most Rev. Ezekiel Kondo, Primate of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, the archbishops called on the leaders of the two rival forces, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan of the Sudanese Armed Forces and General Mohamed Hamdan Daaglo of the Rapid Support Forces, “to reconsider their motivations for resorting to armed conflict and instead engage in peaceful negotiations.”

The letter was issued by Archbishop Albert Chama of the Church of the Province of Central Africa in his capacity as chairman of the Council of African Provinces of Africa (CAPA).

“The distressing sight of unburied corpses along the streets brings tears to our eyes,” the letter added. “As the Council of African Anglican Primates, we strongly condemn these actions and stand united against such acts of violence and destruction.”

Since a power struggle between the two Sudanese forces began in April this year, the United Nations says that more than 9,000 people have been killed and nearly six million forced from their homes, more than a million of them into neighbouring and often fragile countries.

“Across the country, an unimaginable humanitarian crisis is unfolding, as more and more people are displaced by the relentless fighting,” says the UN High Commission for Refugees.

It adds, “Now fighting is growing in scope and brutality, affecting the people of Sudan, and the world is scandalously silent, though violations of international humanitarian law persist with impunity.”

The full text of the CAPA Archbishops’ statement follows. Also read an account of the crisis by the UNHCR:
An unimaginable humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Sudan