Senior clerics write to Trudeau to urge feds for more help for South Sudan

Church leaders seek aid for South Sudan

OTTAWA — Senior clerics from three of the country’s largest religious denominations are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for more help for South Sudan.

The letter to Trudeau, released today, urges the federal Liberal government to increase aid to the country and to speak out about the food crisis there.

It’s signed by Bishop Douglas Crosby, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; Archbishop Fred J. Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada; and Rev. Douglas H. Rollwage, moderator of the 2016 general assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.

They commend the government on the help the government has already provided to South Sudan, but say more must be done.

The bishops want Trudeau to encourage the international community to provide more aid and to help protect human rights in South Sudan.

They also want him to work with Canadian businesses at home and abroad, as well as with the international community, to prevent weapons reaching South Sudan.

A spokesman for International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canada is “one of the leading donors in South Sudan with programs covering humanitarian needs on the ground.”

Louis Belanger says Canada recently announced $119 million in humanitarian funding for Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia and has already provided some $37 million for urgent assistance.

The bishops say 20 million people face hunger in South Sudan, as well as Yemen, Somalia and Nigeria.

South Sudan is also in the throes of a human rights crisis, with atrocities committed by both government and opposition forces, they said.

“We are continuing to hear disturbing reports of gross violations of fundamental human rights being carried out with total impunity,” the letter said.


The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Reel Reviews: Fear or love

We say, “Once again, one worth seeing, one not.”

Two people safe after falling through ice

Kelowna Fire Department urges caution around icy waters during warm weather

Missing Kelowna woman sought

RCMP are asking for assistance in locating Christine Olsen-Meissnitzer

Plane lands safely after takeoff issue

An airplane departing Kelowna International Airport had an issue with a landing gear, landed safely

KSS rocks and rolls for 37th straight year

Kelowna secondary students let loose with annual Air Bank competition

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Anti-pipeline protestors block Kinder Morgan tanker near Seattle

Protest was spurred on by the 28 anti-Kinder Morgan activists arrested in Burnaby

Captain Cal Foote is Rockets’ MVP

The Rockets hand out their annual team awards Sunday at Kelowna Community Theatre

Some surprises in new book about B.C. labour movement

“On the Line” charts history of the union movement back to the 1800s

Cancer fundraiser takes to Okanagan Lake

Penticton and Naramata joining growing fundraising event

Elke’s Garden Tips: Good time to prepare

Lake Country garden columnist talks about what to do at this time of the year

Letter: Crying fowl over goose cull witness

Kelowna letter-writer says Canada geese come with many issues

Letter: I was born in Kelowna in 1930…

Kelowna letter-writer has some ideas on how things should run nowadays

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Most Read