Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Juba, South Sudan

Location: South Sudan

Event: The U.S. Embassy has received reports that members of International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) in multiple regions of South Sudan have been threatened by purported youth groups and, in some instances, were subsequently targeted for violence by groups of armed individuals.  Recurring demands by purported youth groups include access to jobs within the organizations, the departure of non-local staff (including South Sudanese perceived to be from other parts of the country) and in some cases, ultimatums of violence unless their requests are met.  The U.S. Embassy advises all U.S. citizens in South Sudan who work for or with INGOs to consult with their organizations about the security situation in their areas of operation.  The U.S. Embassy also urges U.S. citizens to avoid areas where incidents of violence against foreigners and aid workers are actively occurring.  South Sudan is assessed as a Level 4 – Do Not Travel country due to crime, kidnapping, and armed conflict as well as COVID-19.

Actions to Take:

  • Consult with your organization to determine security risks in your areas of operation.
  • Read the Travel Advisory for South Sudan.
  • Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.


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