The Troubled Promised Land: Political Theology in South Sudan

Presented by Christopher Tounsel

Date: 
Monday, 13 September, 2021 - 16:00

This chapter begins with a description of developments in South Sudan since the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CpA). Division and enmity between southern factions persisted during the postwar years, and independence was not sufficient to keep some from recognizing serious challenges facing the country. Matters came to a head in December 2013, when violence broke out between members of the presidential guard, precipitating violence throughout the country between forces led by Salva Kiir and Riek Machar. Between then and 2018, tens of thousands died, more than two million fled to neighboring countries, and nearly two million more became internally displaced. The war debunked any notion that southerners felt a sense of pan- Christian solidarity strong enough to subsume ethnicity or prevent ethnic tension. And yet, the war produced a dynamic crucible of religious thought. Register for the Zoom meeting here : https://wits-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckd-ytrzwiEtHogJsRMtAP8ZsyGZpprMs4
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