The United States of America has issued a travel advisory on its citizens against travelling to some parts on Kenya. In their statement issued today by the United States Embassy in Nairobi, the United States warned its citizens against travelling in places that are prone to conflicts – like in Kibra slums, where the report cited to as having a lot of issues with insecurity and mugging.
“These are areas characterized by armed carjacking, mugging, home inversion and kidnapping. Be very careful especially when travelling after dusk anywhere in Kenya due to crime,” read the Embassy’s report in part.
“Local police are willing but more often lack capability to respond effectively to serious crime incidents and terrorist attacks. Emergency medical and fire services are also limited,” added the report.
Another point of concern to the American government is the now escalating tension between Kenya and Somali. Kenya and Somali has been in a protracted war of words for almost three years now. The tussle has been necessitated by boundary dispute over inside Indian Ocean.
The United States has been very vigilant when it comes with the security of their citizens in any country in the world.
“Some schools and other facilities that are acting as cultural rehabilitation centers are operating in Kenya with inadequate, or nonexistent licensing and oversight. Reports of minors and youth being kidnapped in these facilities against their will, and being physically abused, are common,”
The Embassy also mentioned Eastleigh as another area that should be treated with a lot of caution when being visited.
Americans have, in the past, suffered several terrorist attacks in Kenyan soil – something that left indelible mark in their memory. In 1998, for instance, American Embassy was the target as terrorists bombed its embassy in Nairobi, killing scores of people, and injuring many.
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