US tells citizens not to travel to South Sudan days after recalling envoy
November 27th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The United States government has advised its citizens not to travel to war ravaged South Sudan a day after recalling its ambassador to Juba.
Then United States on Monday recalled its South Sudan ambassador after failure of the South Sudan parties to the revitalized peace agreement signed last year to form a Reconstituted Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) by a November 12th deadline.
The Trump Administration said in a statement issued by the State Department on Monday that it was re-evaluating its relationship with the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit who has been accused of derailing the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.
“Do not travel to South Sudan due to crime, kidnapping and armed conflict,” reads the advisory seen by Nyamilepedia.
“Violent crime, such as carjacking, shootings, ambushes, assaults, robberies and kidnappings is common throughout South Sudan, including Juba,” it further stressed.
The advisory which said foreign nationals were also being targeted as victims of rape, sexual assault, armed robberies and other violent crimes warned that journalists reporting without credentials from the South Sudanese Media Authority is illegal and any journalistic work there is very dangerous.
“Journalists regularly report being harassed in South Sudan, and many have been killed while covering the conflict,” it said.
It added: “Travel outside of Juba with a minimum of two vehicles along with appropriate recovery and medical equipment in case of mechanical failure or other emergency.”