Women and young people in South Sudan take the lead and shine their light on corruption

16 October 2013

Bishop John heard about the anti-corruption campaign through the Anglican Alliance, and immediately took action to engage the local Church and promote the Church’s voice to national governments.

He has recently sent an update to the Anglican Alliance on the Church’s activities for the International Day of Peace, which was marked this year on 21st September.  Led by women and young people, the Church used the events to highlight the key causes of instability and conflict, which included bribery, greed and lack of transparency.

Bentiu state was asked to hold the main celebration for the International Day of Peace by the Unity State Government and United Nations Mission in South Sudan.  With the support of the Unity State Peace Commission and the UN Public Relations Officer in the state, the Inter-Church Committee (ICC) of Sudan’s Council of Churches took a key role in the activities.  

Members of the Youth Desk started the celebration with colourful marching and street rallies on the 20th September, which are pictured on the right. Street dramas were also played out with young people exploring the themes of economic injustice, attitudes to women and young girls, education, and the role of the Church as we respond to God’s call for peace, justice and reconciliation. 

The main celebration on 21st September was opened in prayer, and was followed by more street drama from the young people and encouraging speeches from Government officials,
community elders, and the United Nations official for the State. 

Youth street dramaThe United Nations Mission in South Sudan have highlighted the Church’s role in the events and commented on the powerful street drama performances put on by the young people from the Church.  Two hundred people watched them perform at Bentiu stadium. One of the dramas is shown in the picture on the right.

Bishop John said, “It is a great concern to all citizens of South Sudan to expose corruption and see it completely ended. By shining a light on corruption we want to see it gone.  We will fight hard to eradicate corruption, and end tribalism, nepotism, favoritism, greed, and bribery, in their totality. So that unity, peace and stability should be granted by God to
our beloved nation South Sudan.”

women praying in JubaThe ICC have also brought together ecumenical groups to pray for an end to corruption. Prayers are led every month by the Women’s Peace Desk, from May through to December. Women gathered in the All Saints Cathedral in Juba are pictured on the right. 

And the Nuer Christian mission network have also hosted a prayer event for the country, calling for unity, peace and stability.   Dedicated youth, church leaders, community elders and Government officials attended the event in Juba, as well as members of other organisations and communities.

The EXPOSED2013 week of action runs from 14-20th October, with vigils marking the call to end corruption in Churches around the world.  The campaign will continue in the build up to the G20 next year, and Christians are encouraged to join together and shine their light on injustice.  You can join the campaign at www.exposed2013.com