2016-12-05 15:30:00

20 words and eight phrases that the people of South Sudan need to learn

The Bishop Emeritus of Torit in South Sudan says South Sudanese need to learn 20 words and eight phrases if lasting peace is to be restored in the country.

 “The words are: Love, joy, peace, patience, compassion, sympathy, kindness, truthfulness, gentleness, self-control, humility, poverty, forgiveness, mercy, friendship, trust, unity, purity, faith and hope.  These are 20, and the eight phrases are: I love you, I miss you, I thank you, I forgive, we forget, together, I am wrong, I am sorry, ” Bishop Taban said. Only by internalising these words can permanent peace return to South Sudan, the Bishop insists. He observed that all things of the world like emperors would pass away, but love would remain forever.

Bishop Taban was speaking to Jieng Council of Elders in Juba recently. He told senior citizens to remind the younger generation how they once lived in peace and harmony regardless of tribe.

“South Sudanese were never so much tribalistic during my youth. We are dying because we are not sincere with each other,” the Bishop said in an echo of a message he has been preaching since the internal conflict began in 2013. 

The South Sudanese Bishop is winner of the 2013 UN’s Sergio Vieira de Mello Prize in recognition of his efforts to promote peace.

In 1999, Bishop Emeritus Taban started the Holy Trinity Peace Village in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state.   The project, which initially began as a demonstration farm later expanded in 2004, to become a village where people from different tribes, nations and religions live and work together.

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