The Archbishop of Canterbury stressed the need for forgiveness yesterday, as he prepared to visit the scene of a massacre, where at least 14 women were killed in a church as they sought shelter from the violence engulfing South Sudan.
Justin Welby, the most senior cleric in the Anglican Church, said he was visiting the world’s newest nation, “to say to the people of South Sudan they are not forgotten.”
However, after meeting President Salva Kiir, in Juba, he warned that reconciliation would “be hard work indeed.”
Thousands of people have been killed and almost half a million people have fled their homes since a power struggle within South Sudan’s ruling party erupted along ethnic lines.
“One thing i’ve learned over many years of working in conflict is that reconciliation is done by the people, outsiders do not understand enough,” he said.