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ISBN: 9781907713316
Imprint: Langham Monographs
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 6
Publication Date: 14/07/2012
Pages: 104
Language: English

Reconciliation and Peace in South Sudan

A Christian Perspective


This work, carried out prior to the creation of The Republic of South Sudan, focuses on the Christian perspective of reconciliation and peace in South Sudan. In a country gripped in what was set to be, until recently, Africa’s longest running civil war the Sudanese state had been, on many occasions, inherently unjust, repressive, and extremely violent against sections of its own citizens resulting in long lasting conflict and war. This conflict stretches deep into the history and geography of the region.

This study investigates people’s views and trends to find out whether the end of hostilities would mark the end of interpersonal, group, tribal, and interethnic conflict created by the war. It asks, are people ready to forgive those who have wronged them during the war without demanding justice? What would constitute true peace in Sudan? Do the church and the government in Sudan each have a role in bringing sustainable peace?

Findings of the research show an overwhelming desire for reconciliation and peace but with very different ways of reaching it. It is however recognized that to constitute true peace in South Sudan there is need for equality and justice, observation of the law, democratic governance, complete transformation, equitable distribution of resources and services, and freedom of worship. For this to be achieved both the church and government must play critical roles.

Memories of the war are still fresh in people’s minds. The government must recognize the trauma people have suffered, deal with the roots of the conflict and address the crimes committed so that wounds inflicted can be healed and people can then live harmoniously. The church must teach people the biblical understanding of peace and reconciliation through repentance and forgiveness so that peace can have true meaning.

Author Bios

Levi Lukadi Noah

LEVI LUKADI is the Director of Christian Leadership Institute of Sudan in Yei, South Sudan. He was born and raised in South Sudan. He received his Bachelor of Divinity from St. Paul's United Theological College, Limuru, Kenya, Master of Arts in Theology from Uganda Christian University and Postgraduate Diploma in Education at Kampala International University, Uganda.

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Abstract
  3. Chapter 1
    1. Introduction
      1. 1.1 Background to the Study
      2. 1.2 Statement of Problem and Definition of Terms
        1. 1.2.1 Statement of the Problem
        2. 1.2.2 Definition of Terms
      3. 1.3 Hypothesis
      4. 1.4 Justification of the Study
      5. 1.5 Significance of the Study
      6. 1.6 Specific Immediate Objectives
      7. 1.7 The Scope of the Study
      8. 1.8 Methodology
      9. 1.9 Limitations
      10. 1.10 Literature Review
        1. 1.10.1 Socio-Political Reconciliation and Peace
        2. 1.10.2 Biblical Reconciliation and Peace
        3. 1.10.3 Reconciliation and Peace in South Sudan Context
  4. Chapter 2
    1. Background to Sudan’s Conflict
      1. 2.1 Introduction
      2. 2.2 Historical Background
      3. 2.3 Political Factors
      4. 2.4 Religious Factors
      5. 2.5 Socio-economic Factors
  5. Chapter 3
    1. Tabulation and Analysis of Research
      1. 3.1 Introduction
      2. 3.2 Study Population
      3. 3.3 Tabulation of Research
      4. 3.4 Research Analysis
      5. 3.5 Summary Section
      6. 3.6 Interview Analysis
  6. Chapter 4
    1. Theological Reflection: A Biblical Model of Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation
      1. 4.1 Biblical Understanding of Peace
      2. 4.2 Biblical View of Justice
      3. 4.3 Biblical View of Reconciliation
  7. Chapter 5
    1. Summary and Analysis of the Findings and Search for the Way Forward
      1. 5.1 Introduction
      2. 5.2 The Implications of the War
      3. 5.3 People’s Views of the Peace Talks and Agreement
      4. 5.4 The Six Protocols: An Overview
      5. 5.5 Methods of Forgiveness
        1. 5.5.1 Unconditional Forgiveness of Perpetrators of Crimes
        2. 5.5.2 Forgiveness with Justice
        3. 5.5.3 Forgiveness and Compensation
      6. 5.6 The Role of the Church in Reconciliation and Peace
      7. 5.7 The Role of the Government
        1. 5.7.1 The Role of the Government of South Sudan in Reconciliation and Peace
        2. 5.7.2 Separation of South Sudan from the North
  8. Chapter 6
    1. Summary Conclusions and Recommendations
      1. 6.1 Summary Conclusions
      2. 6.2 Recommendations
        1. 6.2.1 Recommendations for the Church
        2. 6.2.2 Recommendations for the Government
      3. 6.3 Areas for Further Research:
  9. Appendix
  10. Bibliography

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