— Domani Spero
Today, the State Department suspended normal operation at the US Embassy in Juba and authorized the ordered departure of non-emergency staff from post. It also issued a new Travel Warning for South Sudan.
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to the Republic of South Sudan and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in South Sudan depart immediately. U.S. citizens who choose to stay in South Sudan despite this warning should review their personal security situation and seriously reconsider their plans to remain. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning issued on October 22, 2013, to reflect the current lack of security and risk of remaining in South Sudan.
On December 17, the Department of State ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel from South Sudan because of ongoing political and social unrest. The Embassy is also suspending normal operations until further notice and cannot provide routine consular services to U.S. citizens in South Sudan.
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@USMissionJuba on Twitter says that U.S. citizens requiring emergency assistance should contact us: +211-955-456-050 or SouthSudanEmergencyUSC@state.gov.
It also tells social media followers that the embassy “will provide information on evacuation options in the morning. We do not have further details on such options at this moment.” And advises that “Until we have been able to communicate evacuation options, please remain indoors, respect the curfew, and monitor us for updates.”
- US Embassy Juba Issues Warden Message on Curfew Imposed “Until Further Notice” (diplopundit.net)
- Kiir says ex-VP Machar planned attack, declares curfew in Juba (sudantribune.com)
- S Sudan declares curfew after troops clash (aljazeera.com)
- Gunfire heard in South Sudan capital (bbc.co.uk)
- Curfew in South Sudan after fighting breaks out. Was it a coup attempt? (csmonitor.com)
- South Sudan’s presidential guards clash in Juba (sudantribune.com)