The United States embassy in Addis Ababa issued security alert

The border with Eritrea among the areas identified as areas that need reconsideration of travel decision.

The United States embassy in Addis Ababa  - Security Alert - Travel warning
US embassy in Addis Ababa Photo credit : US embassy

borkena
July 30, 2019

The US embassy issued “level 2” security alert in some parts of Ethiopia. The advisory encouraged US citizens to “Exercise Increased Caution,” when traveling to some parts of Ethiopia. There are also parts of Ethiopia that the embassy advised citizens to avoid traveling to.

The embassy disclosed a possible terror attack, kidnap, and violence in the Somali region in Eastern Ethiopia.  South Ethiopia, west Oromo region and adjacent areas of Benishangul and Oromo areas, among others, are also identified as areas with a security concern.

Regional authorities in Somali Ethiopia region do not seem to be too happy about the travel advisory. 

The statement from the embassy with different category of advisory level is as follows:

Travel Alert: Ethiopia – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Exercise increased caution when traveling in Ethiopia due to sporadic civil unrest and communications disruptions.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do Not Travel To:

. Somali Regional State due to potential for civil unrest, terrorism, kidnapping, and landmines.

Reconsider Travel To:

• Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR) due to civil unrest.

• The East Hararge region and the Guji zone of Oromia State due to armed conflict and civil unrest.

• Benishangul Gumuz and the western part of Oromia State due to armed conflict and civil unrest.

• Border areas with Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Eritrea due to crime, armed conflict, and civil unrest.

Incidents of civil unrest and ethnic violence may occur without warning.

The Government of Ethiopia has restricted or shut down internet, cellular data, and phone services during and after civil unrest.  These restrictions impede the U.S. Embassy’s ability to communicate with, and provide consular services to, U.S. citizens in Ethiopia.

The U.S. Embassy has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Addis Ababa.  As a precaution, U.S. government personnel must request permission for any travel outside of Addis Ababa (personal and official), and are required to carry personnel tracking devices and, in some cases, satellite phones.  U.S. government personnel and their families may not travel to the areas listed as Level 3 and Level 4 in this Travel Advisory except for official business and with prior approval from the Embassy.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Ethiopia:

• Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
• Be aware of your surroundings.
• Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
• Carry a copy of your passport and visa and leave originals in your hotel safe.
• Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
• Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
• Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
• Review the Crime and Safety Report for Ethiopia.
• U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Somali Region—Level 4:  Do Not Travel

Civilians have been killed and injured in civil unrest along the Oromia-Somali Regional State border and in military operations against armed groups in the Ogaden and Hararge areas.
Terrorists maintain a presence in Somali towns near the Ethiopian border, presenting a risk of cross-border attacks and kidnappings.
Landmines are present in this region.
Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR)—Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Civil unrest in the region has resulted in deaths, looting, and the burning of buildings.
Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

The East Hararge Region and Guji Zone of Oromia State—Level 3:  Reconsider Travel

Civil unrest and armed conflict have resulted in injuries and deaths in parts of Oromia State.  Government security forces have used lethal force in some areas.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Benishangul Gumuz and the western part of Oromia State—Level 3:  Reconsider Travel

Civil unrest and armed conflict have resulted in injuries and deaths around the border between Benishangul Gumuz and the western part of Oromia State.  Government security forces have used lethal force in some areas.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Border Areas with Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Eritrea—Level 3:  Reconsider Travel
Crime, armed conflict, and the potential for ethnic conflict exist near the Ethiopian borders with Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Eritrea.
Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update:  Reissued with updates to Level 3 areas.

For more information about the advisory, please check out US embassy site :
https://et.usembassy.gov/travel-alert-ethiopia-level-2-073019/



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2 Responses to "The United States embassy in Addis Ababa issued security alert"

  1. rezen   July 30, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Humble Commentary
    The United States of America care about its citizens, recognizing the preciousness of the LIFE of its people. Can we apply an iota of THAT precious principle on our African Citizens? The sad answer hurts deeply — and the World took it for granted that the existence [NOT the Life] of Black African People is marginalized i.e. using a soft expression.

    Do African leaders care about the suffering of their compatriots?
    Do Supremely Educated Africans, with the top most Degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph D), from renowned Wester Universities, care about the wretched, humble, honest Black People of Africa?
    What did the Organization of African Unity (OAU) accomplished for the benefit of the African PEOPLE? (1)
    To answer all the above questions is to give credence to our corrupted African self-appointed leaders, as well as to the blind/deaf African Intellectuals .

    CRY, MY BELOVED AFRICA so said Alan Payton — a subject that I captured and memorized from my Humanity Class without understanding the depth of its meaning as I was only interested in getting a passing grade and a paper of 13 x 15 inch size, appropriately framed, to worship for the rest of my wretched existence with corresponding attire and neckties for my self, of course!!!. How else could I differentiate myself from my own dear people.

    If the above commentary seems to be too harsh — so is the LIFE of OUR DEAR AFRICA. THE END.

    Footnote
    (1) By the way, the name of the Organization was changed to African Union (AU) after prolonged deep, exhaustive, intellectual discussion, in Libya, fifty-six (56) years ago.

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  2. kba   August 1, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Dear my commenter, don’t that much be excited and give emphasis for unwantedly blown fart from such organization. Above all, it is the only responsibility, entertainment, and affairs of our gov’t to cheer up and to inform, what is good or bad for it’s own people; not others are to meddle and stand for us. No outdated conspiracy theories could tempt us. Why it announced, and why not other embassies didn’t..? Cheer up..!!! My friend, Ethiopia is SAFE, STRONG, and will Definitely be GREATEST..!!!

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