Britain urges citizens to leave South Sudan over deteriorating security situation

Crossed South Sudan UK flags (File photo)

October 19th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The British government has urged its citizens to leave South Sudan, a statement by the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) seen by the Nyamilepedia said.

The statement also warned the citizens “against all travel to South Sudan. If you’re in South Sudan, you should leave if it’s safe to do so.”

It added: “Levels of intercommunal violence remain high across the country, and there are sporadic reports of fighting between armed groups in certain areas. It is possible that such violence will increase in the run-up to, and beyond, the 12 November deadline for the formation of a new Transitional Government of National Unity.”

“There are also regular reports of serious criminality in Juba, particularly during the hours of darkness. There’s no official government curfew in Juba, but the British Embassy and most international organisations observe a self-imposed curfew, the timing of which changes in response to the situation.

“Juba Airport is open and commercial flights are operating, but you should check flight schedules with airlines before travelling to the airport. Timings are subject to change at short notice. You should make sure you have a valid visa before travelling.”

South Sudan descended into a civil war in December 2013 after President Salva Kiir Mayardit’s forces decided to disarm a portion of the Presidential Guards mostly Nuer.

The violence has killed thousands and displaced millions. A peace agreement was signed in September last year but a slow implementation has threatened to return the country into fighting which the UN said last month had subsidized.

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