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US renews its travel advisory for war-torn South Sudan

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June 28, 2018 (WASHINGTON/JUBA) - The United States Department of State on Thursday renewed its travel advisory for South Sudan on advising Americans not to travel to the war-torn East African nation.

The advisory, reiterating an earlier warning, urges travelers not to visit South Sudan due to crime and armed conflict in the country.

This latest advisory, the US State Department said in a statement, replaces the previous travel advisory issued on January 10, 2018.

"Violent crime, such as carjackings, shootings, ambushes, assaults, robberies, and kidnappings is common throughout South Sudan, including Juba," the 28 June, 2018 advisory stated

It added, "Armed conflict is ongoing throughout the country and includes fighting between various political and ethnic groups, and weapons are readily available to the population."

The advisory also warns of cattle raids throughout the country that can lead to violence.

Journalists were also cautioned that working in South Sudan without the proper documentation from the South Sudanese Media Authority is illegal and any journalistic work is considered very dangerous. Many journalists, the advisory stated, have reported harassment and others have been killed while working in the country.

Walking and other forms of travel for government personnel working in South Sudan is restricted to certain areas and family members can’t accompany government employees who work in the country.

"U.S. government personnel in South Sudan are under a strict curfew. They must use armored vehicles for nearly all movements in the city, and official travel outside Juba is limited," the advisory states.

The advisory also lists several suggestions for people who choose to travel to the country including avoiding border travel, demonstrations and photography and taking several steps to establish identity and proof of life and inform others of the trip.

It also advised those intending to travel to South Sudan to develop a communication plan with family and/or your employer or host organization so that they can monitor your safety and location as you travel through high-risk areas. This plan, it said, should specify who you would contact first, and how they should share information.

"The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens in South Sudan," it said, adding, “U.S. government personnel in South Sudan are under a strict curfew”.

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  • 29 June 05:39, by Kush Natives

    Is US government still less informed about the ongoing peace process that’s taking place currently or are they talking about different South Sudan? Don’t they/US have a gut to appreciate and welcome the process in which the South Sudanese leaders are taking? One would realized today that some fake friends of South Sudan are happy about this conflict out there.

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  • 29 June 06:31, by William

    Kush, what is going on should not be consider as a peace unless it’s interest of US. US doesn’t have interest for South Sudan to have peace. South Sudanese are stupid otherwise, they suppose to understand long time ago that South Sudan war sponsored by US.

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    • 29 June 08:28, by Games

      No one trust Salva Kiir and his JCE anymore. Even if he was signed that Khartoum Declared Peace Agreement. He can change his mind at anytime and continue doing his usual business by killing, displacing, massive destruction and rapping civilians. Salva Kiir signed that fake signature because he absolutely had no cash for war and his evil circles.
      US is absolutely right to warns her citizens to sta

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  • 29 June 08:30, by Games

    7 US is absolutely right by warning her citizens to stay away from that shithole village.

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  • 29 June 11:19, by marial-akol

    it is up to US citizens whether to visit s.sudan or not. no one is in need of americans here. they are always a problem to any country they live in. even you would have closed your embassy and go back to Washington. stop spreading bias!

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  • 29 June 12:03, by DKOne

    Kush and William,
    you guys are very right. The USA has and will always be the country that fueled conflicts in our nation. As long we deny handing over our natural resources to them and then placed ourselves under the American protectorates, they will continue to take the advantage of our stupidity until we all begin to understand the American nasty foreign policy.

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  • 29 June 12:16, by DKOne

    Kush and William,
    I personally don´t know exactly what South Sudan benefits from America but I think whatever social benefits we get that keeps us connected to America, we should give it up. If we´re not depending on American financial benefits they won´t have anything that they would use to intimidate us all the time.

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    • 30 June 21:20, by Kuch

      DKone, Kush Natives & Mr. William.
      You fellows know what is exactly going on in our country. The US, the UK, the UN, North Sudan & the gulf Arab states of Saudi Arabia & UAE, which pay most of the UN peacekeepers & other UN humanitarian aid activities & the on going negotiations in foreign capitals. Are our big problems, l for one, l call them our real enemies>>>

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      • 30 June 21:26, by Kuch

        the US, the UK and their allies know, they have messed up their good relationship they use to enjoy over country & our people with their usual reckless regime change business. They also know their Riek Machar armed rebellion had been utterly crushed on the ground. But have him (Riek Machar) in foreign capitals with their other puppets like Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng, Thomas Cirillo, Adwok Nyabe

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        • 30 June 21:35, by Kuch

          and others. And the US, the UK, the UN and the NGOs are using Riek Machar and other groups they are keeping in foreign countries as their only leverage, blackmails or bargaining cards over our country & our people. The UN, the UK, their UN and their NGOs want to a ’UN government experiment’ in our country. And Mr. Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol & Thomas Cirillo have signed to this UN>>>

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          • 30 June 21:41, by Kuch

            government experiment. But Mr. Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol & Thomas Cirillo and others don’t have any real power on the ground. The US, the UK, the UN, their NGOs and some IGAD countries like Kenya, ethiopia & North Sudan which have their own vested interests in our country are their only power constituencies to bring them back to South Sudan>>>

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            • 30 June 21:49, by Kuch

              to come & take back their old positions. Our national dialogue right here in South Sudan is the surest way to resolve our problems quickly. But the US, the UK, their UN, NGOs and some IGAD countries with vested interests in our country would be out of business and lost of leverage over our country pretty quickly. And the UN government that the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs want to experiment>>

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              • 30 June 21:53, by Kuch

                in our country would be tossed to dustbin. Our country & our people have been taken hostage by the greatest monsters on earth. Some of our people are so dumb to know the dangerous game the people (countries) they often call their uncles & allies is not good for them. But they will eventually understand later when it already too late>>>

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                • 30 June 22:00, by Kuch

                  the 21st occupation & re-colonization of the third world countries with resources by the US, the UK, France, their UN & their gulf Arab allies on disguise is through their so-called *UN, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeepers & human rights* If tell some of our people to get the hell out of these filthy so-called UN compounds & go your village and do some farming

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                  • 30 June 22:05, by Kuch

                    since there is no real war going on. Then they will give a stare that says, leave us alone. Fools like Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Rebecca Nyandeng, Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirillo and others don’t give a damn about our country some of these days. They are living comfortably in their own properties they obtained with our own money in foreign countries>>>>

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                    • 30 June 22:09, by Kuch

                      and they want to be brought back to South Sudan by their foreign masters & they want their foreign masters to come & protect them against the South Sudanese people. And that is why they are refusing to come back voluntarily and join our NATIONAL DIALOGUE. My South Sudanese fellows, our country is going to be Somalia & even worse than Somalia because we are well armed>>>

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                      • 30 June 22:12, by Kuch

                        Only a fool would want another foreign occupation & colonization of our country on the disguise of the so-called UN, humanitarian aid, peacekeeping & human rights.

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