FECCLAHA participated in the meeting on the Ecumenical Network of South Sudan (ENSS) that took place on 21st and 22nd January, 2020 in Kit, South Sudan.
Also present were ecumenical partners from the African, European, and Northern America Hubs; as well as members of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC). Among the ecumenical partners present were; All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), World Council of Churches (WCC), Act-Alliance, Bread for World, Miseror, Kairos Canada, Tear-fund, and Arigatou International.
The meeting sought to update the ecumenical partners on the current context of South Sudan; as well as to strategize on strengthening national, regional and international peace advocacy ahead of the Revitalized – Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) in the country.
Discussions also emerged on the current situation in the country; the growing number of refugees and the growing level of insecurity, food insecurity, growing tensions due to the unresolved issue on the number of states in the country, as well as the extreme poverty in the country.
Others included the possible scenarios ahead of the R-TGoNU at the end of February, 2020 and a progress report by the SSCC on the implementation of the Action Plan for Peace (APP) and an advocacy engagements plan for the year 2020.
The SSCC partners and HUBs committed to continue accompanying and supporting the SSCC in their initiatives on peace and implementation of the Action Plan for Peace (APP). The meeting also agreed on the focal persons of the various Hubs and within SSCC.
Pursuant to the October 2019 resolution during the FECCLAHA Regional Ecumenical Forum , South Sudan remains a focus area. FECCLAHA therefore continues to plan and engage with SSCC in supporting peace building and conflict transformation initiatives in the country. These initiatives include support through FECCLAHA/RPP Regional Faith Women Mediators’ Network (REFWOMEN).