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Kenyans bear brunt of South Sudan crisis

18 December 2013, 20:51

Nairobi - The Kenyans that were injured during a shootout in politically-troubled South Sudan are now safe, said Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Amina Mohamed.

"The four Kenyans have however been discharged from hospital and we are happy to report that there is no Kenyan in hospital," said Mohamed while briefing media at Harambee House on the situation in Juba.

Meanwhile, two buses ferrying Kenyans back to their home country are on their way. They are part of 15 buses that are ferrying citizens back to their East African countries.

Kenyans had sought refuge in the Kenyan embassy in Juba, in the United Nations premises and in bus stops when the violence pitching the two biggest tribes against each other erupted on Sunday night. Between 200 and 400 people are reported dead.

The violence affected Juba the capital of South Sudan and the state of Jangle, which has approximately 800 Kenyans living and working in the state.

The Cabinet Secretary said that there are 57 Kenyans who have sought refuge at the United Nations offices at Bor in Jonglei. The Kenyan embassy is working to ensure the safety of Kenyans in Bor and in South Sudan in

"We are going to ensure safe passage of Kenyans who want to come home but those who want to stay in the country are going to be left alone since deliberations among regional leaders are underway and the situation is evolving in the right direction," said Mohamed.

There are about 25 000 Kenyans living and working in South Sudan and Kenya is a close ally to its northern neighbour.

- CAJ News


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