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South Sudan Travel Warnings Issued

The flag of the newest country, South Sudan

The flag of the newest country, South Sudan

Warnings are being issued about traveling to the newest country South Sudan, by the United States government, as well as the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, because of major safety concerns.

Australia stated that “We advise Australians not to travel to South Sudan due to the extremely dangerous security situation, the risk of armed conflict, the high level of violent crime and the high threat of terrorist attack.”

The U.S. State Department stated that with seven different rebel militia forces there, these forces “frequently engage in violent clashes with SPLA (Sudan People’s Liberation Army) forces in various areas of South Sudan. These clashes can flare up with little warning.”
It is expected that other countries could add their warning advisories about travel to South Sudan too in the near future.

At present, the new government of South Sudan “has limited capacity to deter crime or provide security to travelers outside of the capital city of Juba,” the State Department notes. Also the U. S. embassy in the capital city of South Sudan, Juba, has imposed an 11 pm to 6 am curfew as well as the requirement that all American personnel use armored government vehicles at all times during the night, and also that before they travel outside of Juba, they obtain permission to do so in advance.

South Sudan formally declared its independence from the north of Sudan, a Muslim area on Saturday 9th July, after many years of civil war in the African country. Independence Day was celebrated on Monday, but there is a great deal that needs to be addressed in this newest country.

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