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“The risk of violent crime is very high in South Sudan”. US warns its citizens of not travelling to South Sudan

JUBA – The United States government has renewed its security alert against all the citizens travelling to South Sudan. On Thursday, the US embassy in Juba and foreign affairs office in Washington released a security review statement on South Sudan urging all the US citizens not to travel to South Sudan until the situation in the country improve.

The security statement which was passed to the Upper Nile Times also urged the US citizens currently working or living in South Sudan to always reconsider travelling outside Juba as the embassy/consulate has no power to control any situation outside its perimeters.

“The government of South Sudan has limited capacity to deter crime or provide security to travelers, particularly outside of Juba. In addition to instability related to the current armed conflict, the risk of violent crime is high in South Sudan. The U.S. Embassy in Juba has imposed a curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. and has implemented other measures to protect U.S. government personnel living and working in South Sudan. These include requiring personnel to travel in armored government vehicles and coordinating with the host government for travel outside of Juba.” – The US department of States warns.

The state department and US consulate also discouraged any US citizen who has a plan to live in South Sudan with their family not to do so as it poses a risk. The state department attributes it’s concern to lack of adequate leadership in the country.

The US state departments warning is the second in its kind for 2015. The State department issued a similar warning notice on July 1, 2015.

“The U.S. Embassy has little capacity to reach U.S. citizens with emergencies outside Juba because of the poor security situation and lack of critical infrastructure. The U.S. Embassy notes it is rarely informed of the arrest of U.S. citizens in a timely manner and its ability to provide consular assistance to detainees both in Juba and outside the capital is extremely limited. U.S. citizens traveling to South Sudan despite this warning should develop contingency plans prior to arrival to ensure their safety and security.”- The State department warning continued.

 

 

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