NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan government on Wednesday issued a
travel alert, warning citizens against travelling to several
areas in South Sudan affected by inter-ethnic conflict in the
last six months.
ministry said the travel advisory applies specifically to parts
of the Greater Upper Nile Region and in particular Bieh, Latjoor,
Akobo, Jonglei, Northern Liech states and parts of Maiwut,
Eastern Nile and Boma and Yei River states.
The travel alert
cautions 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 since October
“Kenyan nationals in
other parts of the country are advised to exercise extreme
caution as they undertake their daily activities,” the ministry
The warning comes a
day after South Sudan rebels released two Kenyan pilots who were
captured in the area of Akobo, Great Upper Nile region, near
South Sudan’s border with Ethiopia, which is controlled by the
The two pilots, who
had been in captivity since Jan. 7, were released on Monday
after their family paid the 108,000 U.S. dollars.
Several people have
been held captive during the ongoing four years of conflict
including humanitarian workers, oil workers by armed groups.
descended into civil strife in 2013 after political disputes
between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar
led to fighting that pitted mostly Dinka ethnic soldiers loyal
to Kiir against Machar’s Nuer ethnic group.
The 2015 peace
agreement to end the violence was again violated in July 2016
when the rival factions resumed fighting in the capital forcing
Machar to flee into exile.
The conflict has
killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions that
have fled to neighboring countries.