Kenya warns citizens against travelling to South Sudan

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The Kenyan government has warned citizens against travelling to parts of South Sudan where the worst cases of armed conflicts and ethnic violence have occurred during the last six months.

The travel advisory applies to Bieh, Latjoor, Akobo, Jonglei, Northern Liech states in the Greater Upper Nile Region, including sections of Maiwut, Eastern Nile and Boma states and Yei River State.

Kenya issues travel advisory for South Sudan

“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,” Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

The ministry also urged all Kenyans living in South Sudan to register at their country’s embassy.

The travel advisory comes a day after two Kenyan pilots who had been abducted by South Sudanese rebels returned to their home nation. Captain Frank Njoroge and his co-pilot Kennedy Shamalla were captured and detained by authorities under the control of rebel group, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO), after their plane crashed in the Akobo region.

The pilots were released after the rebels were paid Sh 11 million ($107,700) as compensation for loss of life and damage to property caused by the crash. One person was killed in the incident and livestock was also lost when the plane crashed in early January.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.