Calls to engage high level political and religious leaders in Africa, to influence the Government of South Sudan for peace in the nation, have been widespread from the church and other civil society movements within and beyond Africa. AEA regional leaders recently signed one such petition targeting The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) – an eight-country trade bloc in Africa – aimed at increasing pressure on IGAD Heads of State to take action on South Sudan that ensures ceasefire and humanitarian aid access.
The AEA Relief and Development Commission (ARDC) has also focused its efforts in ensuring the Government in Uganda continues to adequately and humanly host the ever growing South Sudan refugee community in the country.
On the 28th of June, 2017 ARDC alongside the Evangelical Fellowship of Uganda and Justice Africa, organized a strategy meeting in Kampala, Uganda, which brought together church Leaders from South Sudan, with over eighteen South Sudan bishops from different denominations in attendance. These meetings are aimed to not only collect and share current issues within South Sudan and the Refugee settlements across the horn of Africa, but also serve as fundraising strategies to supplement international organizations emergency response interventions. Ministry to Refugees, Discipleship and strengthening the refugee Churches are some of the key successes the Church engagement yielded over the past few months.
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