We the South Sudanese women in different parts of the world, from all ethnicities and walks of life, brought together by the unfortunate events of the last three (3) weeks, dismayed by the continued deaths and displacement of innocent civilians, concerned by the increasing suffering of vulnerable affected groups especially women and children.
Aware of our collective failures as a people that has brought about the current unfortunate crisis, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our fallen heroes not so long ago, and guided by the principles of unity and humanity that will lead us back on the path of justice, transparency, accountability, hope, love, forgiveness, healing, and celebration of our diversity, culture and history; stand together as mothers, sisters, and daughters of South Sudan, in a desperate call for an end to the current deaths, displacement and suffering of our people.
At this juncture, we take the opportunity to:
i. Appreciate the efforts of IGAD and the international community in initiating the Addis talks, as of the 4th of January 2014, but note the slow progress in getting the parties to agree on cessation of hostilities as a matter of urgency;
ii. Welcome the AUʼs stand as stated in the AU Peace and Security Council Chairperson Report of the 30th December 2013, on the situation in South Sudan, particularly the appeal for immediate cessation of hostilities as a sign of commitment and stressing “.. the urgent imperative of an inclusive dialogue among all concerned stakeholders based on the rejection of the use of force, respect for human rights and dignity, the rule of law and constitutional legality”. (see articles 24 of the report);
iii. Acknowledge the bilateral and multilateral efforts for the release of the political detainees and cessation of hostilities, noting that over 1000 people have died and over 180,000 displaced as a result of this crisis.
As we continue to mourn the loss of our fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters who have died a senseless death; dreading the unceasing suffering of those faced with displacement, separation, violence, hatred, uncertainty, fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones; troubled by the slow progress of the negotiations in Addis for cessation of hostilities to put an immediate stop to the bloodletting; concerned by the rhetoric of hostility and use of military force uttered by our leaders and member states in the region; worried about the fate of those affected and displaced given reports by the UN that relief is quickly running out; faced with the increasing fear of uncertainty for the countryʼs future, we the South Sudanese Women call upon: