S.Sudan crisis: More Kenyan returnees flawn back home

A total of 796 Kenyans have been flawn back to the country from the neighbouring South Sudan (as at Tuesday 19, July 2016) in fear of war that saw over 300 people killed among them soldiers, following renewed fight, that has for now, ceased.

Cease-fire was witnessed after the United Nations and IGAD sent peace soldiers in the Africa’s youngest country to ensure safety and peace, with President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar being blamed for the fresh fights.

The first plane from Juba International Airport on Tuesday landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 12:55pm carrying 100 returnees.

Two among them had minor injuries and were refered to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) for medication by the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRSC).

A total of 38 returnees of those brought back have shown symptoms of illness according to the KRSC.

35 of them were attended-to by medics from the Society, at the JKIA and discharged.

However Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Monicah Juma has indicated that the government can not be able to give the exact number of Kenyans who are still in the troubled country, given that some did not register with the Kenyan Embassy in South Sudan, or the Foreign Affairs Ministry, making it difficult to establish their location.

Speaking at JKIA, Juma affirmed that the government is still working on modalities to find all Kenyans in South Sudan for security reasons.

Reports indicate that as at Monday 18, July 2016 evening, at least 2,000 Kenyans had camped at Juba International Airport awaiting to be airlifted to Nairobi.

Kenya Red Cross Society has since established a hotline that families seeking for their loved ones from South Sudan, can call for assistance. The hotline is [+254 715 820 219].


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