US issues Travel Advisory for S. Sudan over magnitude of crimes

United States Embassy issues statement on the ongoing situation in South Sudan | Photo: USA Embassy

August 13, 2020 (Thessherald)–The US government has issued a travel warning for South Sudan over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and violent crimes in the country.

In a statement, Department of State updated its travel advisory and warned US citizens to be extremely cautious when considering travel to South Sudan.

“That travel advisory recommends that American Citizens not travel to South Sudan due to COVID-19, crime, kidnapping, and armed conflict. The Travel Advisory further notes that the U.S. Embassy has limited ability to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens.”

“American citizens that do decide to travel to South Sudan are advised to register with the Department of State’s Smart Traveller Enrollment Program (STEP) and to contact the U.S. Embassy should they need emergency assistance.”

Since last year, there has been an increasing number of crimes fueled by inter-communal violence in the country.

Among the gross and heinous crimes committed was the murder of three children, who were ruthlessly murdered in cold blood by an immediate family member.

In July, the government ordered a nationwide disarmament to end widespread proliferation of firearms in the hands of the civilian population.

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