South Sudan Refugees in Uganda Hold Prayers For Peace Talks

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Ali Fanuel, an urban refugee in Gulu town, says they are gathering together over the weekend in Bar Dege Division in Gulu Municipality, where majority of urban refugees are located, to seek divine intervention and spiritual guidance to the delegations in the talks.

South Sudan refugees in Gulu district are seeking divine intervention in the  ongoing peace talks in Ethiopia's Capital Addis Ababa.
 
The refugees want God's inspiration to the two conflicting parties in the dialogue to reach a lasting solution to the conflict which has displaced more than two million people to neighbouring countries and killed thousands others.
 
Ali Fanuel, an urban refugee in Gulu town, says they are gathering together over the weekend in Bar Dege Division in Gulu Municipality, where majority of urban refugees are located, to seek divine intervention and spiritual guidance to the delegations in the talks.
 
Fanuel says the prayer will bring together members of at least five ethnic groups from South Sudan including the two largest and most influential, the Dinka and the Nuer.
 
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President Salva Kiir hails from the Dinka while his former comrade in arms-turned rival, Dr Riek Machar, is a member of the Nuer. The civil war in the country has been fought along ethnic lines.
 
Mirriam Aywak, another urban refugee in Gulu town says they are getting together to particularly petition God to convict President Kiir and Dr. Machar to prioritise peace over conflict.
 
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The second phase of the peace talks being brokered by Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) got underway in Ethiopia`s capital Addis Ababa with a boycott by the government`s delegation.
 
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