19Feb20-South Sudan-Original ENG

Dear prayer partners,

On Saturday 15 February, Riek Machar, a former vice president and leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO), rejected a concession offered by President Salva Kiir, in their ongoing negotiations towards forming a unity government, by the 22 February deadline. Despite the president conceding to plans to reduce the number of states from 32 back to the original 10 – which has been a long-standing requirement of the opposition – he also proposed the creation of three administrative areas in the country, which the opposition rejects.

Last year, the US warned that it would impose sanctions on anyone working against the peace process and last week, the US, UK and Norway urged both sides to compromise and avoid a return to conflict. In May 2019, Mr Machar and President Kiir agreed to form a unity government but failed to meet the deadline due to disputes over territory and security arrangements. A second deadline was missed in November and pushed back by a 100-day peace treaty. A further delay is not considered to be a viable option.

South Sudan has been embroiled in a six-year long civil war, which has resulted in the deaths of over 380,000 and the displacement of millions. According to the United Nations, there are currently more than 2.2 million South Sudanese refugees, with more than 800,000 of them living in neighbouring Uganda.

According to Joshua Project, South Sudan is home to almost 11 million people with 57.9% of them professing to be Christian.

Matthew 12:25 says “… every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” Please join with us in praying for peace in South Sudan during this extremely sensitive yet future-altering time.

“There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.” (A.T. Pierson)