Juba: KENYAN authorities have issued a travel warning to its citizens living or travelling to South Sudan as chaos on Africa’s newest state that has claimed thousands boils over.
The Foreign Affairs ministry said the warning applied to its citizens living and travelling to the Greater Upper Nile region, particularly the states of Bieh, Latjoor, Akobo, Jonglei, Northern Liech and parts of Maiwut, Eastern Nile, Boma and Yei River.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya wishes to advise all Kenyan nationals living or travelling to South Sudan to move away from and avoid traveling to areas where armed conflicts and inter-ethnic violence have occurred within the last six months,” the statement reads in part.
“They should avoid unnecessary travels in these regions because the security situation is risky and their security cannot be guaranteed.”
South Sudan, founded with optimistic celebrations in 2011 after gaining independence from Sudan in a referendum, is facing armed rebel insurgency against President Salva Kiir’s government.
Reports say violent crime has also spiked in Juba on the back of an insurgency by rebels allied to the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO).
Sudan recently spent millions of dollars purchasing Israel surveillance drones and closed-circuit television (CCTV) for use in fighting rampant crime in the capital.
The United Nations (UN) on Friday released a report detailing the ‘horror’ unfolding in South Sudan that will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Swizterland next month.
According to the report, one South Sudanese woman told the commission her 12-year-old son was forced to have sex with his grandmother to stay alive.