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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Nairobi

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

Clashes in Moyale

March 14, 2012

Recent clashes in Moyale have left the city and its environs in a volatile state.  The Red Cross estimates that up to 57,000 people have fled the area, at least 48 have been killed and about 1200 reported as missing.   Approximately one thousand houses have been burned and at least two schools and several health facilities have been destroyed.  The majority of markets and schools in the district have remained closed since the beginning of the year. 

The violence and unrest appear to center around electoral issues.  U.S. citizens are not being targeted.  U.S. citizens are urged to check conditions in Moyale before traveling to the area.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the website of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.  You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well, or you can download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App for travel information at your fingertips.  If you don't have internet access, current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  

All U.S. citizens in Kenya are urged to register online at the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  Registering gives U.S. citizens access to updated information on travel and security within Kenya and makes it easier for the Embassy to contact citizens in case of emergency.  Please note the following contact information:

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya is located on United Nations Avenue Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya , tel. +254-20-363-6000.  The Consular Section of the Embassy may be reached at tel. +254(0)20-363-6622 or via email at .  For after-hours emergencies, please call +254-(0) 20-363-6170.”