Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violent University Protests

April 28, 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum informs U.S. citizens in Sudan that there have been incidents of violence at several universities in Khartoum, including disputes over plans to sell university land, and conflict between rival political groups that resulted in the death of a student. As a result of ongoing unrest, the Embassy is exercising heightened caution by temporarily restricting Embassy staff from the vicinity of the affected universities.

U.S. citizens in Sudan are strongly encouraged to avoid areas where demonstrations are occurring, particularly in the vicinity of universities. Reported incidents and protests are sporadic in nature and could occur at any time, but are not anti-western in nature.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.”

For further information:

* See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Sudan.

* Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

* Contact the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, located at U.S. Embassy Road, Kilo 10, Soba, Khartoum, Sudan, at 249-187-022871 (International), or 0187-022871 (Local). The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is 249-187-022000 (International), or 0187-022000 (Local), and ask to speak with the duty officer.

* Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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