On Monday, May 8, three protesters were reportedly shot and nine arrested during student protests in the capital city Juba. University students were protesting against poor economic and security conditions in the country and calling for the resignation of President Salva Kiir. According to local media sources, the student protests began peacefully before being forcefully dispersed by security forces.
South Sudan is the world's youngest nation, declaring its independence from Sudan in 2011. Civil war erupted in the country in December 2013 between the government and rebel forces. The country continues to struggle with soaring inflation caused by the war, rampant corruption, and the near collapse of the oil industry which has severely damaged the economy.
Individuals present in South Sudan are advised to avoid all protests and gatherings due to the potential for violence.
Most Western governments advise against nonessential travel to South Sudan. If travel is necessary, ensure that proper security protocols are in place and maintain a low profile at all times as criminals may target foreigners due to their perceived affluence. Be particularly vigilant after dusk and avoid traveling by foot after nightfall. Drive with windows closed, doors locked, and all personal possessions stored out of sight.
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