“The fighting continues in South Sudan and the people continue to suffer with the greatest number of and most innocent sufferers being the children,” said Leisa Wagstaff, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker in South Sudan. “Having fled their homes amid a lot of terror and uncertainty, they have arrived in resettlement areas and are still fighting for their lives.”   In a March 13 email to Presbyterian World Mission, the Rev. John Yor Nyiker, general secretary of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, requested prayers and humanitarian aid for the South Sudanese people. “We are approaching the suffering days of our Savior, which reminds us of the resurrection preparation for Good Friday and resurrection that is the defeating of death,” Nyiker says. “Unfortunately we had bad news and a lot of sufferings of our people at the hands of leaders who did not respect their human dignity.” More than 40 people have lost their lives in South Sudan’s Malakal camp and many more are still missing, according to Nyiker. He said there also has been fighting in the Upper Nile state of Nasir, chasing away civilians who were seeking peace and stability. He is continuing to monitor the situation through communications with pastors and others. According to the nongovernmental organization Human Rights Watch the violence is spreading. “South Sudanese government forces have carried out numerous killings, enforced disappearances, rapes, and other grave abuses in the Western Equatorial region during expanded fighting in the region. Rebel armed groups there have also committed serious abuses, including rape. ‘Rather than seeing improvements following the peace agreement, we are seeing continuous attacks on civilians and other abuses carried out with impunity,’” said Daniel Berkel, executive director of the Africa division of Human Rights Watch.  -----