Four Kenyans dead as South Sudan rescue operation closes
03 January 2014, 08:00
Nairobi - The government announced on Thursday that
evacuation of citizens trapped in South Sudan hotspots will be
terminated on Friday.
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade, Engineer Karanja Kibicho told journalists in
Nairobi that two aircrafts will fly to South Sudan on Friday to rescue
the last batch of Kenyans stranded in conflict zones.
So far, 3,000 Kenyans have been airlifted from South Sudan by
military choppers since the commencement of a government led evacuation
program on Dec. 21.
"The remaining Kenyans numbering 6,921 across the country have
expressed willingness to continue with their business since there is no
immediate threat to their security," the foreign ministry official said.
There were an estimated 25,000 Kenyans in South Sudan before the eruption of the violence.
The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed
that four Kenyans have died in South Sudan conflict. He noted that
rescue operations have been scaled down in South Sudan capital juba due
to resumption of calm.
Early this week, Kenya's foreign ministry said an estimated 20, 000
Kenyans have left South Sudan by road and air adding that most of them
self-evacuated while the government evacuated those in the most
The government official's remarks come as negotiators from the
warring parties in South Sudan are in Ethiopia for peace talks that were
due to begin Thursday.