India is planning to evacuate its nationals from South Sudan, which is on the brink of an all-out civil war. Advisories asking Indians to not travel to the war-torn country have also been issued.
“South Sudan - I am aware of the developments in South Sudan. We are planning evacuation of Indian nationals,” external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Monday. “Please register yourself with Indian Embassy and do not panic. Indian nationals are advised not to travel to South Sudan.”
The Indian embassy in South Sudan on Sunday had urged people stranded there to stay calm.
“The Indian embassy is in regular touch with concerned authorities in India and all options are being considered for providing relief to Indians stranded here in Juba (capital of South Sudan). All are requested to keep calm and await further development and further inputs from the embassy,” the advisory said.
South Sudan split from Sudan in 2011 after years of fighting. However, tensions quickly emerged between South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir and his deputy, Riek Machar. The country descended into chaos in 2013 after Kiir accused Machar of attempting a coup.
Both sides have since been accused of committing atrocities in the ensuing conflict, which has killed thousands.
There are a few hundred Indians living in South Sudan — some of them have set up businesses in Juba and others are employed with various companies.