Citing “crime, civil unrest and Ebola”, Trump admin warns U.S. citizens against traveling to DRC

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

The Trump administration on Thursday urged U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), citing “crime, civil unrest and Ebola”.

“Some areas have increased risk,” the U.S. Department of State said in a fresh travel advisory which replaced the one issued on April 9, 2019.

Specifically, the Trump administration said American citizens should not travel to North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri provinces because of Ebola, as well as North Kivu and Ituri provinces due to terrorism.

It added that the eastern DRC region and the three Kasai provinces (Kasai, Kasai-Oriental, Kasai-Central) should also be avoided “due to crimecivil unrestarmed conflict and kidnapping“.

“Violent crime, such as armed robbery, armed home invasion, and assault, is common and local police lack resources to respond effectively to serious crime.  Assailants may pose as police or security agents,” the government warned.

Read the full text of the updated Travel Advisory below

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Simon Ateba

Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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