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Bishop Taban: 'South Sudanese suffering worsens'

James Copnall

Africa editor, BBC World Service

South Sudan's most well-known peace campaigner, Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban, says people in his country are suffering more than at any other time in his eight decades of life.

South Sudan rebel leader of the Democratic Movement/Army (SSDM/A) faction David Yau Yau (L) stands with Bishop Paride Taban (C) who was a mediator in the Jonglei peace process during a prayer in Gumuruk on May 13, 2014.
Bishop Taban (C) belongs to the Roman Catholic Church

South Sudan has been split by a civil war for more than three years, but Bishop Paride has also lived through two long-running civil wars before independence from Sudan, in which millions of people died.

Talking to the BBC, Bishop Paride made a passionate plea for the current war to end, and said he remained optimistic that peace would come.

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